Warning: disturbing content. A local New Jersey newspaper has published the dash cam footage of police officers killing a passenger during a routine traffic stop, the latest haunting images to surface online as President Barack Obama and others push law enforcement to equip themselves with surveillance cameras in the wake of this summer’s officer-involved shooting death of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri.
If it wasn’t for an Open Public Records Act request by the South Jersey Times, the Bridgeton Police Department would not have released the short video. The footage shows officers shooting 36-year-old passenger Jerame Reid—who appeared to have his hands up.
“In absence of the OPRA request this video would not be released to the public out of respect for the family of Jerame Reid, basic human dignity, and to protect the constitutional rights of all those involved,” Michael Gaimari, the agency’s captain, said in a statement. He said the police department does not “consider the posting of any such video as compassionate or professional.”
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