Activist mark five years since police killing of Jerame Reid
Cyril Josh Barker | 1/2/2020, midnight
On Monday, Dec. 30, the People’s Organization for Progress’ (P.O.P.) weekly Justice Monday protest against police brutality commemorated police killing of Jerame Reid.
This week marks the fifth anniversary of Reid being shot to death with his hands up by Bridgeton police officers in 2014.
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 compiled 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.
P.O.P. is also hosting a rally on Jan. 4 in support of the family of Keilan and Wini Scott at the Bergen County Courthouse.
On Aug. 2, 2018, Keilan and Wini came to visit the home of Wini’s parents only to find that her brother had passed away in the home. Upon calling the authorities for help, they found themselves being swarmed by Fort Lee and Bergen County Police officers and ultimately being arrested.
Keilan was charged with serious offenses including resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a police officer, among others. Recently, a pre-trial provided intervention remedy for the charges that the Scotts wrongly faced.