Dashboard camera footage released to news media through public records requests shows a police traffic stop in New Jersey that quickly spiraled out of control, reports the Vineland (N.J.) Daily Journal. “I tell you, I’m a shoot you, you gonna be f—ing dead,” Bridgeton officer Braheme Days barked at Jerame Reid during a traffic stop on Dec. 30. The video shows Reid, 36, and driver Leroy Tutt, 46, interacting with Days and officer Roger Worley after they were pulled over for apparently running a stop sign.
The interaction starts with officers simply asking Tutt for documentation, then escalates when Days discovers a handgun in the vehicle and tries to get Reid to comply with orders. The incident ends with Reid dead, a victim of gunshots fired by officers. Reid had an extensive criminal record, including shooting at a state trooper as a teenager. His killing sparked a ferocious community reaction. Protesters flocked to City Council meetings to protest Reid’s death, which they called unjustified, and demanded officials fire the two officers. Tutt, Reid and Days are black; Worley is white.