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New Jersey man who asked the police for water, died of spinal cord inflammation

PATERSON, NJ – Jameek Lowery, the 27-year-old New Jersey man whose death blasted protests after asking for water police at the department headquarters, died of spinal meningitis , WPIX reports.

A source told the local TV news station that officials planned a meeting with Lowery's deprived family to give them the news.

A Facebook Live clip on Saturday had shown an inconsistent Lowery appearing at Paterson Police Headquarters, mouth dusk and begging water officers. He was dead 48 hours later.

Lowery had already been to the hospital once after calling 91

1 to request an ambulance and told the operators that he had taken a lot of "E" with reference to drug substation.

Lowery was not hospitalized and he turned up at the police headquarters in Paterson.

His death set a four-storm of criticism on how the police handled the situation, with some of Lowery's family members claiming he was beaten before he died. No hospital records have arisen to indicate that this happened. Paterson police officers said they followed the protocol.

The police said they were not allowed to give him water and demanded another ambulance. Lowery was taken back to the hospital, where he did not respond on arrival. After two days of life support, he died.

Protests followed and police had difficulty judging the troubles.

Due to his personal interaction with Lowery in December 2018 and of an abundance of caution, Passaic County prosecutors suggested Paterson mayor Andre Sayegh go to St. Joseph University Medical Center for Meningitis Testing. Officials also suggested firefighters, paramedics, EMT, family, police and other first respondents who came in contact with Lowery, go to St. Josephs to be tested for signs of spinal cord inflammation.

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