A New Jersey police department released a video this week of a man being fatally shot by police as he got out of a car with his hands raised during a traffic stop, heightening calls for an independent investigation into the death.
The footage, recorded on a police dashboard camera, showed a traffic stop escalating into the deadly confrontation in less than two minutes after one of the police officers said he saw a gun in the car’s glove compartment.
The death of Jerame Reid on Dec. 30 in Bridgeton has prompted protests in the city, local media has reported. Some protests have been similar to those over cases last year in Missouri and New York City in which white police officers killed unarmed black men.
Reid, who was sitting in the car’s front passenger side, was black, as is the car’s driver.
The video shows a black police officer, identified in local media reports as Braheme Days, approaching the parked car on Reid’s side. “Hey, how are you all doing?” he asks cordially before asking why they had not stopped at a stop sign.