CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The wife of a man whose fatal shooting by police during a traffic stop was caught on video has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing the city of condoning excessive force by its officers.
Lawanda Reid is seeking $1 million in damages through the lawsuit, which alleges a pattern of wrongdoing by the Bridgeton Police Department.
The city, along with Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae, police Chief Mark Ott and the two officers involved — Braheme Days and Roger Worley — were named in the lawsuit over Jerame Reid's death Dec. 30.
None of the defendants could immediately be reached for comment.
Conrad Benedetto, an attorney for the Reid family, said in a statement that the county prosecutor's office should remove itself from the probe since it is named in the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in Camden.
The shooting opened up a rift between the police department and residents in the struggling city of 25,000 residents about 35 miles south of Philadelphia.
Footage recorded by a police dashboard camera shows the two officers pulling over a vehicle and walking up to the car. Days is heard saying he can see a gun in the vehicle's glove compartment, and he pulls his weapon.
Days, who appears to remove a silver handgun from the car, shouts repeatedly and profanely for 36-year-old Jerame Reid to put his hands up and not move. Reid, the passenger, steps out of the vehicle against the officer's orders with his hands up about shoulder level, and the officers open fire, killing him.
Several protests calling for justice in the case have been held in Bridgeton since the shooting.