Police shooting protested by 200 demonstrators in Bridgeton
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Roughly 200 people have gathered in a southern New Jersey town to protest a recent fatal police shooting.
The marchers came out Saturday for the rally in Bridgeton, the latest in a series of nonviolent events staged since the Dec. 30 death of Jerame Reid. The 36-year-old Bridgeton man was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop that was captured by a patrol car camera.
The marchers initially gathered near the site where Reid was killed, then walked to the Cumberland County Courthouse, where they staged a rally to call for justice in the case. Among those taking part in the march were Reid's mother and older brother.
Several marchers briefly confronted police during the event, but tensions soon eased and no arrests were made.
The disruption occurred when dozens of demonstrators began walking into an intersection that police had not blocked off. Officers urged the protesters to walk on the sidewalk instead of the roadway, but most did not comply.
The marchers briefly blocked traffic there and some demonstrators began shouting at the officers, but police allowed the group to march in the street before they eventually left the area and continued their protest.
"We make the rules today not the police!" one marcher yelled out.
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