New video footage has been released showing the fatal shooting of a New Jersey man by police officers during a traffic stop.
The video comes from the dashboard camera of officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley. In the video, we see the officers begin a routine traffic stop on a Jaguar, but then, orders are ignored, guns are drawn, and shots are fired, and the result is the death of one man.
Jerame Reid, 36, was in the passenger seat of the vehicle which was driven by Leroy Tutt at the time of the traffic stop. At first, the officers approach the vehicle and inform both people in the car they were being pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign.
After informing the vehicle why they were being stopped, Days pulls his weapon out and tells the occupants, “Show me your hands.” According to CBS News, Days informs Worley of a gun in the vehicle’s glove box, and Days appears to reach in the vehicle and remove the weapon.
Both officers are seen with their weapons still raised, and Tutt places both of his empty hands out the window. Days continues to shout at Reid not to move and warning him, “I’m going to shoot you.” Reid then reportedly says, “I’m getting out and getting on the ground.”
Once the passenger side door opens, Reid steps out and his hands appear to be empty, and both officers fire at least six shots, killing Reid.
The officers then tell Tutt to get out of the car,which he does, and the officers proceed to handcuff and take him into custody.
Several witnesses at this time can be heard shouting at the officers and other squad cars begin to pull up to the scene. One witness, Tahli Dawkins, told NBC Philadelphia, “He had nothing in his hands… He had his hands up trying to get out of the car, one on the door was getting out like this and he just started shooting him.”
“The video speaks for itself that at no point was Jerame Reid a threat and he possessed no weapon on his person,” Walter Hudson, chairman and founder of the civil rights group the National Awareness Alliance, said, according to the AP. “He complied with the officer and the officer shot him.”
A firearm was recovered from the scene, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, but because this is an ongoing investigation, they refused to comment further.
Both officers are on paid administrative leave while the investigation takes place.
The video can be seen here.