Body camera footage released of fatal police shooting in Vineland, NJ

- Georgette Washington is surrounded by family continuing to grieve the loss of her 37-year old son Rashaun Washington who was shot by police.

They led the community in a protest Thursday evening from the shooting scene then in a march to the Vineland Police Department after officers shot Rashaun to death last weekend.

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“They could have done many other things then to shoot my son like that,” says Rashaun’s mother.

The body cam video shows the confrontation between Rashuan Washington and Vineland police. Police released it on Thursday. In the video, Rashuan is heard telling police he wants to die.

Cameras from several officers show Washington locked in a standoff telling police to, "lock and load." Surrounded by officers and a k-9 unit, the officers try to talk him down.

Police can be heard saying, “Come on man, put that thing down out of your hand. Let us help you dude"

Another officer says, “Listen man, we're all in this together bro"

After several minutes, police try to keep back the crowd and Washington moves toward police. That is when police start shooting.

What happened has shaken the community.

One protestor, Ruth Barriero told FOX 29’s Shawnette Wilson, "We would really like to see the Attorney General for the State of New Jersey take over this case to make sure that the follow through is put into plea so if there is wrong doing by the officer that is taken into account."

Tiffany Harris, Rashaun's younger sister, also spoke out about her brother, “Most of all he loved his kids. He was a good guy. He was a very good guy and I’m going to miss my brother.”

She vowed to continue to fight for justice.

“We want justice. We are asking everybody to please keep this up. We’re not going to let this go. They’re not going to sweep this under the rug,” she said.

 

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