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BRIDGETON - Friends and family of a Cumberland County man killed by police during a traffic stop last year are calling for a federal investigation.
On Monday night, family members, protesters, and community leaders gathered on the Bridgeton street where 36-year-old Jerame Reid was shot to death on December 30, 2014.
Reid was a passenger in a car during a routine traffic stop and two officers ordered him to remain in the vehicle.
A gun was removed from the glove compartment of the car Reid was in, and when he tried to exit the car with his hands raised, he was fatally shot by one of the officers.
Reid was unarmed at the time.
While Monday night's rally for peace looked for answers, Reid's family is still waiting to heal.
"It feels like events like this keep ripping the Band-aid off," said Lawanda Reid, Jerame Reid's widow. "They say time heals all wounds; I totally disagree with that, but I can only speak for myself."
A grand jury has decided not to file charges against the officers, who both currently remain on paid administrative leave.
The goal of the rally for peace was also to rally for justice. Protesters are hoping to get the attention of the federal courts, and calling for a re-investigation of the case.
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