Wife of man shot by Bridgeton police files civil rights lawsuit

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Graphic video shows deadly Bridgeton police shooting

CAMDEN, N.J. -- The wife of a southern New Jersey man who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Lawanda Reid filed the suit Wednesday in Camden, claiming that the Bridgeton Police Department and the city condone excessive force by officers.

The city solicitor didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

The suit seeking $1 million in damages comes after her 36-year-old husband was shot and killed by two Bridgeton police officers during a traffic stop on Dec. 30.

Police dashboard camera footage shows two officers warn Jerame Reid not to move in the passenger seat. He then steps out of the car, raising his hands and the officers fire at least six shots, killing him.

Police had removed a gun from the car, but he was unarmed when he was shot.