Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley will not be charged in the shooting death of Jerame Reid, who was the passenger in a auto that was pulled over for running a stop sign in December, NBC Philadelphia reports.
Benedetto says while the Cumberland County prosecutor’s news release said it gave factual circumstances of the incident, it omitted the officers’ statements and autopsy results. Mr. Reid was non-compliant with officers during the stop even after having a gun removed from the vehicle, and was shot and killed as he forced his way out of the vehicle, while he was “unarmed”.
Several times, he repeats the orders for Reid to show his hands and not move.
Reid opened the door and got out of the auto with his hands up, after saying, “I ain’t doing nothing”.
The officer apparently recognized Reid from an arrest months earlier and both officers were familiar with his criminal history, according to the prosecutor’s office. Reid said he was going to get out of the auto and get on the ground, but Days told him not to and tried to keep the door closed.
Walter Hudson, chairman of the National Awareness Alliance, which has organized protests in Bridgeton over the shooting, said the group was disappointed but not surprised by the grand jury’s decision.
Reid’s widow, Lawanda Reid, told NJ.com that she’s “disgusted” by the grand jury’s decision. “We have maintained the fact we have no faith or trust in the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office to hold one of their own officers accountable”.
Considering what happened in Ferguson (where a grand jury refused to indict Brown’s shooter, Darryl Wilson), why is a county prosecutor’s office still leading an investigation into deadly force by local police?
Hudson said he would ask the U.S. Department of Justice to take a look at the case.
The jury ultimately declined to indict both officers on August . 19, according to Shapiro.
Reid was taken to Inspira Hospital in Vineland, where he was pronounced dead.
When contacted Thursday for reaction to the grand jury decision, Bridgeton Police Chief Michael A. Gaimari Sr. deferred comment to a prepared news release posted on the department’s Facebook page.
Days and Worley have not spoken publicly since the incident and remain on paid administrative leave.
Meanwhile, Lawanda Reid filed a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against Bridgeton and the two officers.