NJ attorney general: Remove state officials’ names from Jerame Reid lawsuit
Cyril Josh Barker | 8/6/2015, 9:26 a.m.
Reports indicate that acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman wants state officials removed from the lawsuit stemming from the police shooting of Jerame Reid.
The $1 million lawsuit filed in March by Reid’s wife names Hoffman, along with the director of the Division of Criminal Justice, Elie Honig, and Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.
A letter sent to U.S. District Court Judge Renee Marie Bumb by Deputy Attorney General Brian P. Wilson says the three had nothing to do with Reid’s death and are protected by “sovereign immunity.” Wilson said the lawsuit does not outline how the state officials directly caused Reid’s death.
Meanwhile, the two officers involved in Reid’s killing were reportedly granted a three-month extension from giving testimony in a civil lawsuit. Their attorney said there are concerns that the officers could incriminate themselves.
Black officer Braheme Days fatally shot Reid in Bridgeton, N.J. ,in December 2014. Days claimed he saw a gun in the glove compartment of the vehicle in which Reid was riding. The incident was captured by the officer’s dashboard camera.
Cumberland County, in southern New Jersey, reportedly approved a settlement of $340,000 to Reid’s estate over abuse he suffered while he was in jail in 2009. He claimed he was punched, kicked and pepper sprayed and had a bucket of cold water poured on him, causing broken ribs, a fractured left orbital bone and nerve damage to his face.
The recent Million People March held in Newark highlighted Reid’s case, along with other police brutality cases in New Jersey.