Jerame C. Reid (121222)

Thomas Eicher, the criminal division chief in the U.S. attorney’s office, recently wrote to community leader Walter Hudson, chair of National Awareness Alliance, updating the office on the status of the investigation of the police shooting of Jerame Reid.

“Our office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have opened an investigation into the facts and circumstances of the shooting death of Mr. Reid,” Eicher said.

Reid was fatally shot by Black officer Braheme Days in Bridgeton, N.J. 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.

A grand jury decided not to charge the officers involved in Reid’s death. First Assistant Prosecutor Harold Shapiro said the grand jury was instructed on potential criminal charges as well as the law of justification and their consideration of the facts and circumstances.

In August, supporters from the community and family members went to the U.S. Attorney’s office to deliver a letter requesting the Department of Justice of Civil Right Division get involved. Shortly upon arrival, the group was escorted out of the Peter W. Rodino Federal Building by Homeland Security. The group was trying to get a meeting with U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

Hudson said that he’s pleased that Fishman’s administration has decided to open an investigation into the death of Reid, but he still wants justice.

“Jerame’s family and all supporting social justice groups and I will not be satisfied until both officer Braheme Days and officer Roger Worley are charged and convicted of murder/manslaughter,” Hudson said.