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The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched a formal investigation into the death of a young black male – name yet to be released. The police were called to Liverpool One yesterday evening, upon unconfirmed reports that the 18 year old was carrying a knife and acting in a ‘erratic and aggressive’ manner.

By the time the police arrived the man had already been detained by Liverpool One’s own security team before complaining about illness around 18:30. An ambulance was called on to the scene straight away but the man was pronounced dead by doctors upon arrival to The Royal Hospital.

In a statement to The Guardian, the IPCC said

“The IPCC has begun an independent investigation following the death of an 18-year-old man who had been in the custody of police at the Liverpool One shopping centre. Officers were called to an incident at the shopping centre at about 6.30pm yesterday evening.

The man subsequently became unwell and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he later died. IPCC investigators were deployed following notification of the incident and have been overseeing examination of the scene and the post-incident procedure.”

Whilst it is standard procedure for the IPCC to be brought in when any death occurs after contact with a police force, it doesn’t bode well for Merseyside Police just days after they faced scrutiny for detaining the organiser of last weekend’s unofficial Black Lives Matter march, Ayo Akinrele. With relations between the city’s BAME population and region’s police force already strained, and the official Black Lives Matter march set to take place in two days, tensions could well be at an all time high this Saturday.

Managed Decline will be at the Black Lives Matter march on Saturday both reporting on the event and showing our support to a movement fighting an injustice which shouldn’t exist in the 21st century.