Mzee Mohammed’s family statement
21 July 2016
Following the death of Mzee Mohammed whilst being detained by Merseyside Police on 13 July 2016, his parents Carla and Clement said:
“We will never give up until we get justice for Mzee and his loved ones. We are sincerely grateful for all the support we have received from our family and friends and the wider public. For now, we would appreciate some privacy and time to come to terms with what has happened and allow a full investigation to be carried out.
Deborah Coles, director of INQUEST said:
“This death of a vulnerable black teenager has rightly raised significant public concern and disquiet. It has been deeply distressing for the family to see images of Mzee still in handcuffs, being held down by police when he appeared to be unconscious. There must be the most robust investigation into the conduct of the security staff, police and paramedics involved in this tragic death. His family are the beginning of a long and difficult journey to find out how and why he died.
Farleys Solicitors LLP who act for the family and who are part of the INQUEST lawyers group, said:
“We are working closely with Mzee’s family to support and assist them during this difficult time. We will ensure that a full and open investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mzee’s death takes place, and the family get the answers to the many questions they have.”
Under the present circumstances the family will not be making any further comments, issue any further statements or undertake any media interviews at this time.”
‘l can not thank you all enough for the help and support you have given us over our terrible loss. If it wasn’t for INQUEST, we would not have been able to deal with the faults of the prison system, and try and make some changes. Once again thank you all and thank you for being there if ever l needed to speak to someone.’
– Mother of a young man who died in prison