Video and audio of a traffic stop shooting released by the Bridgeton (N.J.) Police Department on Tuesday shows two officers ordering Jerame Reid not to move before Reid appears to push his way out of the passenger side door and is shot by officers.
The altercation with police, which began with a traffic stop, escalated in a matter of two minutes as police described finding a gun, according to the video which was recorded on a patrol car's dashboard camera that was released after an Open Public Records request.
The two officers had pulled the car over at about 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 30. The video shows the officers driving through the city's streets and coming up on on blue Jaguar, driven by Leroy Tutt, 46, of Long Branch. They pull the car over moments later, and after one officer approaches the passenger side and introduces himself, he tells the driver he's being pulled over for going through a stop sign.
One officer asks the driver to get his driver's license and seconds later, the officer is seen pulling his gun.
"Show me your hands, show me your (expletive) hands!" one officer says, as another officer approaches the driver's side with what appears to be his gun drawn. The driver puts his hand out of the window and one officer appears to attempt to open the passenger side door, as he says "Don't (expletive) move!" repeatedly.
Reid previously spent about 13 years in state prison for shooting at three New Jersey State Police troopers when he was a teenager, NJ.com reports. Reid was also arrested this summer on charges of obstruction, resisting arrest, possession of narcotics and failure to appear in Millville Municipal Court. Authorities said one of the officers involved in the Dec. 30 shooting was also one of the arresting officers during the summer arrest.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the use of deadly force in the fatal shooting. An autopsy was conducted the following day, but the results haven't been made public.
One officer is black, the other is white and Reid was black. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.
In the weeks since the shooting, there have been protests in downtown Bridgeton, demanding answers about the shooting and justice for Reid. During one of the demonstrations, protesters used the phrases "Hands up, Don't shoot" and "No justice, no peace," similar to what was said during racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.