A man died after showing up to police headquarters of help — now protesters are demanding answers.
27-year-old Jameek Lowery livestreamed his interaction with officers at Paterson police headquarters on the morning of January 5.
Lowery had reportedly already called 911 and said he had taken ecstasy when he arrived at the police station. Once there he began to feverishly demand why the officers were trying to kill him.
“If I’m dead by the next hour or two, they did it. I didn’t touch them at all,” he stated.
The prosecutor’s office say Lowry was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died on January 7.
“Per initial reports and information, police used physical force and compliance holds to secure Mr. Lowery in the ambulance,” the office explained in a statement. “Hospital records indicate no acute trauma.”
According to Lowery’s brother, Jamir King, Lowery suffered a broken cheekbone and fractured eye socket at some point after the livestream ended. Hundreds of protesters then showed up to Paterson City Hall, where a rally turned violent with police. Witnesses say officers used pepper spray on the crowd.
Lowery’s cause of death is unknown, an autopsy pending, but the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating Lowery’s death. According to his family, he left behind three children.