Body cam video released of police shooting at Dollar General in Pleasantville
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has released new videos from a shooting that involved police in Atlantic County earlier this summer.
The shooting happened in May. Because it involves police in Atlantic County, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and the Ocean County prosecutor are investigating.
Authorities say on May 24, Jalial Whitted fired a gun inside the Pleasantville Dollar General. A store employee called 911 to report the crime.
Police say that as numerous police officers arrived at the scene, Whitted walked out of the store with a gun visible in his pocket.
Officers can be heard on police body camera video telling Whitted to stop and get on the ground, but he appears to refuse those orders. At one point, he is heard saying, “Shoot me.”
“We don’t want to shoot you. We do not want to shoot you. It’s not worth it,” officers are heard saying.
The officers are heard pleading with Whitted. But authorities say they shot him when he allegedly placed his hands on the gun in his pocket. Whitted was injured but survived.
Prosecutors say five different officers fired their weapons that day. The videos go on to show EMTs assisting Whitted, and other officers beginning to collect evidence and secure the scene.
The video, which also shows officers helping bystanders in the parking lot, was released as part of an attorney general directive regarding shootings that involve the police.
Whitted’s family was shown all the recordings before they were released. Those videos can be viewed on the Ocean County prosecutor’s website.