Warning: Video contains expletive language
BRIDGETON, N.J. (PIX11) — Dashcam video released by the Bridgeton Police Department Tuesday appears to show a police officer shooting a man during a traffic stop in southern New Jersey last December.
The traffic stop was initiated around 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 30, at the intersection of South Avenue and Henry Street, in Bridgeton.
Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley pulled over a blue Jaguar, driven by Leroy Tutt, 46, of Long Branch, for running a stop sign, according to NJ.com.
Days asks the driver to get his driver’s license and seconds later, the officer is seen pulling his gun.
The altercation with police escalates as police described finding a gun in the vehicle, according to the video.
The officers are seen ordering passenger Jerame Reid, 36, of Seabrook, not to move before Reid appears to push his way through the passenger side door.
“Show me your hands, show me your (expletive) hands!” Days says, as Worley approaches the driver’s side with what appears to be his gun drawn.
The driver puts his hand out of the window and Days appears to attempt to open the passenger side door, as he says “Don’t (expletive) move!” repeatedly.
“Get ’em out the car, Rog. We’ve got a gun in his glove compartment,” Days said.
Days reaches through the window and retrieves what appears to be a silver object, removing it from the car.
They continue to tell the men inside the car not to move, and try to open up the front doors of the vehicle.
“I’m telling you, I’m telling you! Keep your (expletive) hands right there. Eh, eh, Jerame, you reach for something, you’re going to be (expletive) dead,” Days said.
Days shouts, “He’s reaching! He’s reaching!”
The video appears to show Reid, 36, with his hands in front of him as he stands to get out of the car as both Days and Worley discharge their weapons.
Nine shots are heard in the video.
It was reported that Reid previously spent about 13 years in state prison for shooting at three New Jersey State Police troopers when he was a teenager, according to NJ.com.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the use of deadly force in the fatal shooting.
The officers have since been placed on paid leave, said Bridgeton Police Chief Mark Ott.
Autopsy results have not been made public.
The Bridgeton Police Department released the video on Tuesday after an Open Public Records Request made by the South Jersey Times.
Meanwhile, the National Awareness Alliance in New Jersey in calling for justice on behalf of Reid.
In a phone interview, Walter Hudson said the investigation into the officers’ actions needs to be put in the hands of the Attorney General’s office.
He says since the lead prosecutor took three weeks to recuse herself because she knows Officer Days, it shows a bias that runs through the office. Hudson says Reid’s wife LeWanda is calling for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation.