BRIDGETON — A lot of things lately could discourage the family of Jerame Reid.
Reid died in a police-involved shooting in December. His family lost a son, a father, a brother, a nephew.
A Cumberland County grand jury decided Wednesday that charges won’t be filed against the two officers who fired their guns at him, Braheme Days and Roger Worley.
Reid’s family isn’t done fighting for justice.
On Saturday, his mother, brothers, uncles, aunts, son and others gathered on Cedarbrook Avenue to discuss adjusting their tactics. They will ask the U.S. Department of Justice to see if Reid’s civil rights were violated.
Walter L. Hudson Sr., chairman of the Salem County-based National Awareness Alliance, said he will send a letter to Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, requesting an investigation.
Protestors sympathetic to the Reids’ cause will still put on demonstrations but more discreetly. Hudson said they will not take to social media to advertise such events and hinted there is a phone tree of individuals that would be notified of such protests.
He said there might be such a protest in front of Mayor Albert Kelly’s home Saturday evening but wouldn’t provide details.
At least five police vehicles were parked along the street where the press conference was held.
Shelia Reid, Jerame Reid’s mother, held his son, Cameron Jerame Reid, in her lap. “It’s not fair for us mothers to have to go through this before our children,” she said.
She said she would advocate for mothers of other victims in New Jersey police-involved shootings, including Abdul Kamal and Kashad Ashford. Kamal was fatally shot by Irvington police in 2013 after allegedly instigating them; the officers were not indicted. Ashford was shot and killed in 2014 after a high-speed chase triggered by a call for a car burglary.
In the Reid case, the officers are on paid administrative leave pending discussions with city administration and the Prosecutor’s Office, according to a statement from Chief Michael Gaimari. In that same Facebook post, the chief said the department would not issue more comments on the matter.
Video evidence of the shooting shows Days, who is black, requesting a driver’s license from Reid. Soon after, Days drew his service weapon, yelling at Reid to, “show me your hands. Show me your f------ hands.” Worley approached the car after Days pulled out his service weapon.
Days retrieved a handgun from the vehicle and continued to issue orders to Reid, the video showed. Reid was told to stay still and show his hands, but he forced his way out of the car and was shot multiple times, authorities said.
One of Reid’s uncles, who said he had law-enforcement experience and asked not to be identified further, said he will request the transcript of the grand jury decision.
“We have a lot of questions, and I’m upset at the system,” he said.