Members of the Jerame C. Reid family finally got the meeting they wanted with federal authorities about his death of the hands of Bridgeton police in December.
Nothing final about the case was determined during the meeting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark on Friday, but Reid’s representative made it clear the family wants only one outcome.
“We’re not satisfied until there is an investigation into the civil rights violations of Jerame Reid and Braheme Days and Roger Worley are indicted and convicted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Water Hudson.
Hudson is president of the Salem County-based National Awareness Alliance and serves as spokesman for the Reid family. Braheme Days and Roger Worley are the two Bridgeton police officers connected to Reid’s fatal shooting.
Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office were not available for comment.
The Reid family on Aug. 5 asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office for a meeting regarding Reid’s death. The request came a week after a Cumberland County grand jury declined to indict Days and Worley in connection with the shooting.
The Reid family’s request was accompanied by a list of 13 concerns it had related to the grand jury proceedings. One of those concerns involved the evidence presented to the grand jury by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.
Hudson said Friday’s 90-minute meeting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office “went well.”
“They were knowledgeable about the issues surrounding Jerame Reid,” he said.
Also during the meeting, Hudson said he asked the federal authorities to also review other alleged civil rights violations by Bridgeton police.
The Reid family attorney has already asked Bridgeton police to determine whether its officers engaged in a “pattern of abuse” with Reid before the Dec. 30 fatal shooting. The attorney, Conrad Benedetto, specifically requested Days and Worley be targets in the investigation.
Bridgeton police said they were waiting for the Prosecutor’s Office to return all the information it took regarding Reid’s shooting. Reports related to other incidents by city police officers, including Days and Worley, were already under review, Bridgeton police said.
Reid, 36, of the Seabrook section of Upper Deerfield Township, was shot during a nighttime traffic stop at Henry Street and South Avenue. Law enforcement officials said Days and Worley discharged their service weapons after a handgun was “revealed” and “recovered.”
A statement released by the Prosecutor’s Office after the grand jury returned no indictment against Days and Worley reads that the two officers “explained … that they feared for their lives.”
Days fired several shots, striking Reid multiple times, the statement read, while Worley fired once, missing Reid.