The death of a teenager in police custody, at the Liverpool ONE shopping centre this month, is set to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Mzee Mohammed, 18, was detained on Wednesday 13 July after reports that he had a knife and was acting erratically.
Footage released at his family’s requests shows Mzee barefoot and motionless in handcuffs on the floor.
On 16 July, crowds marched through Liverpool, joining protests across the country in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter cause following recent violence in the US.
Mzee’s mother, Karla, spoke during the Liverpool marches, saying: “I will not rest, I will walk in my son’s shoes until I get answers, and anyone who had a hand in my boy’s death will be brought to justice”.
She added: “My son will not be a number or a statistic. His death will not be in vain”.
Investigators are currently acquiring evidence including CCTV footage from both Liverpool One, where Mzee was detained, and from his movements earlier in the day.
IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley said: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to Mr Mohammed’s family and friends at this difficult time”.
The IPCC has also appealed for witness who saw Mzee at any time during the day, and said they had met with both the Mohammed family and local community leaders in the borough of Toxteth.
Merseyside Police first received reports of a man running into a house in Toxteth in a ‘distressed state’ at around 6pm, before later reports of a man with a knife acting erratically in the city centre.
Mzee Mohammed was later detained at Liverpool ONE shopping centre, before being taken to Royal Liverpool University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7.53pm.