PATERSON, NJ - Local activist Zellie Thomas was one of two protestors arrested Friday after a more than 90 minute demonstration at Paterson City Hall.

The protest, the third in four nights, attracted about 50 individuals representing “a cross section of grassroots organizations” Corey Teague, one the organizers, told TAPinto Paterson, “determined to make sure whoever is responsible for Jameek Lowery’s death is brought to justice.”

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.

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Thomas, one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement in Paterson, helped lead the Friday rally with chants of “justice for Meek,” and, referring to calls for a full release of all of the details, including video and medical reports related to Lowery’s death, “if we don’t get it, shut it down.”

It was Thomas’s refusal to cease blocking traffic by standing in the roadway, according to law enforcement officials, that led to his arrest.


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