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Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Timberlake calls for Murphy to sign police-related death bill

By Nikita Biryukov, January 16 2019 1:56 pm

Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake is calling for Gov. Phil Murphy to sign into law a bill that would require an independent investigation whenever a person dies in police custody or during an encounter with law enforcement personnel following the death of a 27-year-old Paterson resident.

Jameek Lowery died from meningitis on Jan. 7. Prior to his death, he was denied water and allegedly restrained by Paterson police. Lowrey told police he had taken ecstasy and believed the police were trying to kill him.

“It is with a heavy heart that I send my deepest condolences to the family of Jameek Lowery. As a mother of a son, I mourn with Jameek’s mother and pray the family receives the answers they need, the fairness in justice they seek, the independent investigation they deserve, and peace that comes from God alone,” Timberlake said. “Jameek Lowery’s unfortunate untimely death is now a part of many others nationwide driving the need for the bill I sponsored in the Assembly (A3115) to be signed into law.”

Three officers involved in Lowery’s case have been placed on leave until an investigation conducted by the Passaic County prosecutor is concluded.

A3115 has passed both full votes in both chambers of the legislature and is waiting to be signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

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