It’s been more than a month since New Jersey cops shot an unarmed man named Jajuan Henderson who had been doing nothing more than retrieving a bottle of ice tea from his baby mother’s car – leaving the 29-year-old man paralyzed from the waist down.
But Trenton police have yet to explain why they confronted Henderson in the first place.
On Friday, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office released four body cameras from the four officers at the scene but at no point in any of those videos does an officer provide Henderson a legitimate reason as to why he needed to provide them his identification and step out of the car.
Instead, the videos from February 12 show the cops hopping out of a dark unmarked car and confronting Henderson who was sitting inside the car in a parallel parking space with a car in front of it and a car behind it.
The cops were dressed in dark tactical uniforms with SWAT patches on the sleeves. At least one of the cops wore a mask on his face.
“Put the window down,” one of the cops repeatedly tells him while banging on the window with other cops flashing their lights into the car.
Henderson told them they had no probable cause to harass him and refused to open the door or window and provide his identification.
One of the cops then used his baton to repeatedly strike the car window, shattering it.
Evidently fearing for his life, Henderson started the car and attempted to make a getaway, striking both the car in front it and behind it before one of the cops opens fire. One of the bullets struck Henderson’s spine and left him paralyzed.
He was initially charged with four counts of aggravated assault but those charges have been dismissed, according to NJ.com.
He is still facing resisting arrest and obstruction charges but received no citations in relation to the initial stop/detainment whatever reason that may have been.
The full names of the cops have not been released but they have been referred to in a lawsuit filed by Henderson by their initials, M.G., C.H., J.C., and J.L.