Family demands answers after Paterson man asks for water, dies in police custody

PATERSON, N.J. — The Facebook Live shows 27-year-old Jameek Lowery as he walked into Paterson Police Headquarters on Saturday morning, sweating profusely, foaming at the mouth and at times incoherent, but clearly asking for help and for water.

He died within 48 hours at St. Joseph’s Regional, and now his family is calling the death suspicious.

“Why can’t ya’ll give my brother some water,” said Shavante McFadden. “If he’s telling you he’s having a hard time breathing”

In the video,  Lowery asks for water multiple times, but officers say, “We’re not allowed to.”

The young father of two children was bi-polar and police sources say he is believed to have been on ecstasy at the time.

Police sources also say the officers followed protocol because they are not supposed to give water because, according to them, it may harm the individual.

But the family says the officers’ response was inadequate.


Original published: 2019-01-07 23:47:17 Read the full New York City News here

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