Community reacts to non-indictment of officers in Jerame Reid killing

Cyril Josh Barker | 9/1/2016, 11:43 a.m.
The People’s Organization for Progress hosted a Day of Outrage protest rally to condemn of Justice Department’s non-indictment of the ...
Jerame C. Reid

The People’s Organization for Progress hosted a Day of Outrage protest rally to condemn of Justice Department’s non-indictment of the officers who shot and killed Jerame Reid in Bridgeton, N.J.

This week marked the 31st consecutive Justice Monday protest to demand federal investigations into four active police shooting cases in New Jersey, including the Reid case.

The other three cases are the police killings of Abdul Kamal in Irvington and Kashad Ashford in Lyndhurst, respectively, and the shooting of 14-year-old Radazz Hearns in Trenton. Hearns survived his violent ordeal, only to face charges to justify the officers’ conduct.

Reid was killed by Bridgeton Police Officer Braheme Days after a traffic stop of a car in which Reid was a passenger in December 2014.

During the stop, police officers said they discovered a firearm in the glove compartment of the car. Days and officer Roger Worley then drew their firearms and ordered Reid and the driver not to move. The driver complied, but Reid continued to reach toward the console area between the passenger and driver front seats, according to the officers.

Reid was shot as he exited the car. Both Days and Worley fired their guns. Only shots fired by Days struck Reid, resulting in his death. The incident was recorded on dashboard camera video.

“We are outraged at how the Justice Department has handled this case,” said Lawrence Hamm from the P.O.P.