A grand jury has voted not to file charges against a police officer who shot and killed a man during a traffic stop in Cumberland County last December.
According to a statement from the county prosecutor’s office, Officer Braheme Days shot 36-year-old Jerame Reid after Reid defied the officer’s orders to remain seated and began to push open a car door and get out of the car. The incident occurred Dec. 30 in Bridgeton.
Reid was a passenger in a Jaguar which Days and another officer had pulled over for a routine traffic violation. As the driver went to retrieve his car registration, the officers noticed a handgun in the glovebox, the statement said. The statement went on to present this account of the shooting:
The officers then pulled out their weapons. Thinking Reid was making a move for the gun in the glovebox, one officer removed it. Then, the officers testified, Reid made the move to get out of the car, which they intepreted as menacing. Both officers opened fire. Only Days’ shots struck Reid, who suffered multiple wounds.
The prosecutor’s statement said the grand jury heard testimony from the car’s driver. A camera in the police car also recorded a view of the incident.