Activists call for new investigation into N.J. in-custody death in ambulance after documentary

PATERSON, N.J. — Black Lives Matter on Tuesday renewed its call for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of Jameek Lowery, the Paterson man who died in an ambulance in 2019 after police forcibly restrained him en route to the hospital.

“The death was not an accident. It was a homicide,” Black Lives Matter organizer Zellie Thomas told a small gathering at the Federal Plaza in Paterson. “Jameek called for help. He did not call to be killed. Or injured.”

Lowery’s father, Chard King, and sister, Jumilyha Lowery, joined the demonstration, which coincided with the airing of a PBS /Frontline documentary on Tuesday night about the often-deadly consequences of police restraint, which featured Jameek’s case.

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