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Tentative Deal Reached in New Jersey Police Shooting of Man

RAW VIDEO: Police Shoot, Kill Man in NJ

EDITOR's NOTE, THIS VIDEO COULD BE DISTURBING TO SOME VIEWERS. In video obtained by NJ.com you see two Bridgeton Police officers shoot and kill Jerame Reid during a Dec. 30, 2014 traffic stop. We have chosen not to show the moment Reid is shot and killed. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015)

The family of a man killed by police in southern New Jersey in 2014 has reached a tentative settlement in its federal lawsuit.

Details were filed Friday and must be approved by a judge.

Thirty-six-year-old Jerame (JEH'-raym) Reid was shot by two Bridgeton police officers after he refused their order to stay in his vehicle.

A grand jury in Cumberland County declined to indict the officers last summer.

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The family of a man shot and killed by police in 2014 is getting a two million dollar settlement. Jerame Reid was shot by two officers in Bridgeton and now his family has reached a tentative agreement in their federal lawsuit.
(Published Saturday, July 23, 2016)

Under the tentative settlement, Reid's infant son would receive about $1.5 million in periodic payments starting when he turns 18.

Reid's widow would receive $200,000, which includes legal fees. His mother and the mother of his child would each receive $70,000.

Bridgeton and its police department deny liability.

Attorneys didn't return messages seeking comment.

Reid, 36, was fatally shot in December 2014 with his hands up after defying police orders not to exit a stopped vehicle in Bridgeton. The grand jury decided not to indict the officers involved, Braheme Days and Roger Worley.

The Cumberland County prosecutor's office said it was giving "the factual circumstances of the incident" in a news release last year about the grand jury's decision. Conrad Benedetto, the attorney for Reid’s family, claimed the prosecutor’s office left out details like the officers' statements and autopsy reports however.

While the prosecutor noted Reid's criminal history, he did not point out aspects of the officers' past, including that one of the officers involved had left law enforcement positions after investigations into his own conduct, Benedetto said.

Days and Worley were the subjects of a handful of complaints alleging abuses of power over the past two years, but all the complaints were dismissed.

First assistant prosecutor Harold Shapiro declined to comment on Benedetto's statements.

Reid's shooting gained further attention after a police dashboard camera showed details of their encounter.

Police, with the camera in their cruiser rolling, pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign. Things turned tense when one of the officers warned his partner he could see a gun in the glove compartment.

Screaming "Don't you f---ing move!" and "Show me your hands!" at Reid, who was in the passenger seat, the officer reached into the car and appeared to remove a silver handgun.

Then Reid, despite being warned repeatedly not to move, stepped out of the Jaguar, his hands raised about shoulder level.

The officers opened fire, killing him. Both officers were placed on leave while prosecutors investigated.

Reid spent about 13 years in prison for shooting at three state troopers when he was a teenager. Days recognized his name because he was among the arresting officers in August 2014 when Reid was charged with several crimes, including drug possession and obstruction.

  

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