PATERSON, NJ - Local activist Zellie Thomas is due in Paterson Municipal Court on Monday at 8:45 a.m. to answer to charges arising from his arrest Friday following a rally to call attention to the investigation into the death of Jameek Lowery.

Lowery, a 27-year-old father of three, died on Monday following an unusual set of circumstances and interactions both on social media and with police on Saturday, January 5.

According to a copy of the summons reviewed by TAPinto Paterson Thomas is charged with Obstructing the Flow of Traffic During a Protest and Interfering with Transportation, Specifically by Obstructing the Flow of Traffic During a Protest.

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While the maximum penalty for both is six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, an attorney familiar with the charges told TAPinto Paterson that neither are indictable offenses and are the equivalent to misdemeanors in other states, meaning that any potential punishment is likely to be much less severe.  

“We were released because of the love and support of the community,” Thomas said in a Facebook post. “We will win for the very same reasons.”

Hawk Newsome, Chairman of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York was also arrested and is due to appear.


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