Back in December of 2014, Jerame C. Reid who was 36 years old was killed by police after being pulled over with another passenger. There is a dashboard video of the stop. Police officers from Bridgeton, New Jersey followed a Jaguar vehicle which has passed a stop sign. The vehicle was ordered to pull over. Immediately the police officers went to investigate. One of the officers is seen shouting that there is a gun. The officer seems to know the man in the passenger side since he calls him by name and apparently had arrested him before. During the encounter, the officer tells Reid not to move. Reid continues to move despite the officer telling him not to and to show his heads. The officer warnings him not to move or he will kill him. Despite the warnings, Reid exits the vehicle with hands up and is gunned down by the police officer.
The debate is now ongoing with some saying the shooting was justified, while others state that it was not. I have seen the video several times and have mixed feelings. Reid should not have moved or come out of the car. When an officer gives someone instructions, it is important that he/she follows them. However, the officer who shot Reid seemed a bit paranoid and emotional. He was shouting hysterically even as Reid came out of the car with his hands up. I would have to see more evidence before I comment further.
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