Activists commemorate Jerame Reid police killing
AmNews Staff Reports | 12/31/2020, midnight
The People’s Organization for Progress (P.O.P.) continued its Justice Monday Protest against Police Brutality this week with a rally at the Federal Building in Newark commemorating the 2014 police killing of Jerame Reid.
The rally recalled Reid’s death by Bridgeton police officers with his hands up on Dec. 30, 2014. The incident was captured on videotape and a medical examiner ruled Reid’s death a homicide; however, no one was ever held accountable.
During the stop, police officers said they discovered a firearm in the glove compartment of the car. Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley then drew their firearms and ordered Reid and the driver not to move. The driver complied but Reid, according to the officers, continued to reach toward the console area between the passenger and driver front seats.
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.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced in 2016 that after a federal investigation, there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges in connection with Reid’s shooting.
The killing prompted marches in Bridgeton and Newark where Reid was from.
The Justice Monday rallies spotlight New Jersey’s recent police brutality cases still crying out for justice, including the cases of Abdul Kamal, Kashad Ashford, Jerome Reid, Radazz Hearns, Darryl Fuqua, Jameek Mallory, Maurice Gordon, and most recently Hasani Best, who was killed in a mental health crisis in Asbury Park in August.