BRIDGETON — The wife of Jerame C. Reid is among new voices calling for an independent investigation into the fatal shooting of her husband by police last month.
Lawanda Reid wants the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office to turn over the investigation to the state Attorney General’s Office or another “independent law-enforcement agency,” according to a statement released by her attorney.
The Attorney General’s Office has already said it will not take over the investigation.
Also joining calls for the state to step in is the Rev. Al Sharpton, according to a statement Thursday from his National Action Network.
“We maintain our position that local officials should not handle incidents such as this,” the group said.
The Reid family also is seeking copies of the video of the Dec. 30 incident as captured by the dashboard camera of the police cruiser used by Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley, said the attorney, Conrad Benedetto.
Days and Worley shot at Reid the evening of Dec. 30. Benedetto first saw the video of the shooting Tuesday, the same day city officials released it to the media.
“While our investigation is still ongoing, the city of Bridgeton’s release of the police cruiser’s video footage showing the shooting of Mr. Reid raises serious questions as to the legality and the reasonableness of the officers’ actions that night,” Benedetto said. “We have viewed the footage, which speaks for itself. The footage shows the officers shooting Mr. Reid after he exited the vehicle with his hands raised in front of him.”
Benedetto said his office is getting copies of the video “so that it can be analyzed in greater detail.”
Officials with the Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday indicated the agency will leave the investigation in the hands of the Prosecutor’s Office.
“This case is being investigated in accordance with the state’s well-established procedures,” the officials said in a statement.
The Attorney General’s Office released the statement after protesters gathered in front of the Prosecutor’s Office and demanded that New Jersey authorities investigate whether Days or Worley acted within the use-of-force guidelines set by the state. Officials with the Salem County-based National Awareness Alliance alleged there were too many conflicts involving the Prosecutor’s Office and Days for the agency to conduct a fair investigation.
Reid, 36, of Seabrook in Upper Deerfield Township, was fatally shot after a traffic stop at Henry Street and South Avenue. Authorities said Days and Worley discharged their service weapons after a handgun was “revealed” and then “recovered.”
Dashboard camera video shows a hectic series of events that ended with Reid being shot as he got out of the motor vehicle in which he was a passenger. The video seems to indicate Reid was unarmed and was holding his hands at chest level when shot.
The video also indicates Reid was not following orders given by Days, including instructions for Reid not to move. Statements by Days indicate he believed Reid was “reaching” for something in the vehicle before Reid got out of it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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