BRIDGETON — Cumberland County has approved a $340,000 settlement with the estate of Jerame C. Reid, a Bridgeton resident who was fatally shot by police in December.
The settlement is not related to Reid’s death, but a lawsuit Reid filed in 2011 after he alleged he was assaulted by corrections officers at the Cumberland County jail in 2009.
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The Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders agreed to the settlement on May 26, county officials said. Final approval, and the disposition of the funds, is still pending in U.S. District Court, where the lawsuit was filed, they said.
“It’s a fair settlement to the litigation,” Reid’s attorney, Mark Frost, said.
Cumberland County Counsel Theodore Baker could not be reached for comment.
Reid claimed in his lawsuit he was assaulted while being held in the county jail on charges of resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. He also charged that corrections officer sprayed him with an irritant and said he suffered injuries that included broken ribs.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit were county jail Warden Bob Balicki, and corrections officers Victor Bermudez, John Zamot and John Ballard. Also named was the Cumberland County Department of Corrections.
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Reid was fatally shot by Bridgeton police officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley during what began as a routine traffic stop in Bridgeton on Dec. 30.
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His widow, Lawanda, has since filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court charging that the two officers shot her unarmed husband, violating his civil rights during the fatal encounter.
Named as defendants are Days, Worley, Bridgeton, the Bridgeton Police Department, former Bridgeton police Chief Mark Ott and Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.
Lawanda Reid is seeking at least $1 million in damages, according to that lawsuit.