The Cumberland County grand jury that reviewed the fatal shooting of an unarmed African American man at a traffic stop just let the murderer walk, even though the entire thing was caught on video.
The grand jury declined to file criminal charges against two officers who shot and killed Jerame C. Reid, 36, of Upper Deerfield Township, New Jersey.
Watch the video of that murder below…
“We’re disappointed, but we’re not surprised,” Walter L. Hudson Sr., the chairman of the Salem County-based National Awareness Alliance, said.
“There are issues with police in black and brown communities throughout the United States. We have no faith and trust that the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office will hold their own responsible.”
He added that Reid’s family is “outraged by the decision.”
Mayor Albert Kelly and Police Chief Michael Gaimari refused to comment on the officers walking.
Reid’s widow, Lawanda Reid, has a lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court against the two officers, Braheme Days and Roger Worley, who gunned down her husband. She is seeking at least $1 million in damages.
Officer Days fired seven shots, including those deemed to be the fatal ones. Officer Worley, also fired, but it was determined he missed ever shot. He seems, however, to have been the one who initiated the shooting, though many elements of the video are unclear, besides the fact that Reid had done nothing wrong.
Days said he thought that Reid had a weapon, and he “feared for his life.”
The National Awareness Alliance says there is no justification for what happened.
“Jerame Reid was unarmed and still shot to death on tape. The culture of policing in America clearly shows we must push for police reform. There seems to be no justice for black, brown and poor people who are unjustifiably murdered at the hands of police. Now, we will appeal to the United States Department Of Justice Civil Rights Division and demand an investigation into the death of Jerame Reid,” a statement from the group read.
(Article by M. David and Jackson Marciana)