BRIDGETON – Protesters of the Jerame C. Reid fatal shooting say city police charged four of them for not using sidewalks while marching to last night’s City Council meeting.
The protesters were charged as they arrived at the Municipal Court-Police Department complex on Fayette Street, were City Council meets, said Walter Hudson.
“This was a clear retaliation tactic from Bridgeton police in efforts to deter us from exercising our Constitutional right to assemble in peaceful protest,” said Hudson, who chairs the Salem County-based National Awareness Alliance.
Hudson said the march from Henry Street and South Avenue, where Reid was shot by city police, to the Fayette Street complex was peaceful and involved about 50 protesters. Hudson said he was one of the four people who were issued citations for “failure to use sidewalk.”
Police were not immediately available for comment.
Reid, 36, of the Seabrook section of Upper Deerfield Township, was fatally shot following a traffic stop at Henry Street and South Avenue the evening of Dec. 30.
Law enforcement officials said Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley discharged their service weapons after a handgun was “revealed” and then “recovered.”