Jameek Lowery

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Man at center of chaotic Paterson protests died of spinal meningitis

January 10, 2019 - 11:11 am

PATERSON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- There's a new twist in the case of a man who died under controversial circumstances involving Paterson police.

It turns out Jameek Lowery, 27, had spinal meningitis.

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He died after walking into police headquarters and acting incoherently. He was foaming at the mouth and asked for water, but cops say the weren't allowed to give it to him. He shared live video of the incident on Facebook.

Lowery's death prompted a chaotic rally on Tuesday, in which prosestors were maced by police.

About 200 protesters descended on City Hall chanting “black lives matter” and “f--- the police.” 

Police say they had no choice but to mace the crowd as they swarmed city hall. Video shows the protesters surrounding police and chanting at them. 

The family and friends of Lowery are demanding answers, including why he wasn’t given water and other help from cops at police headquarters Saturday morning.

Jamir King, Lowery’s brother, was among those rallying.

“We want to know all the officers’ names that was in the video,” he shouted. “We want to know how did he get all these bruises if he wasn’t beaten. Where did they come from? Where was the EMTs; officers’ names; we want to know everything.”

The father of three died 48 hours after showing up at police headquarters. He had called police earlier Saturday, claiming he had taken ecstasy and was paranoid.

The mayor and police commissioner have received preventative antibiotic injections since meeting with Lowery's family. Three cops and several firefighters have also been prescribed antibiotics as a precaution.