The family of a Leeds father-of-five who collapsed and died just yards from his home as police swooped to arrest one of his sons have called for an independent pathologist as they continue to seek answers.
As reported in the YEP, Nazim Din, 54, suffered a suspected heart attack while apparently trying to tell police that they had arrested the wrong son over a criminal damage allegation.
Watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation following the tragedy in Wortley on Wednesday night.
It issued an appeal for eyewitnesses to come forward with video and photos, as it pieces together what happened.
Rizwan Ali, a family friend, has confirmed the Din family had requested an independent post mortem, in addition to the official Home Office examination.
He added it was hoped Mr Din’s body can finally be released from Pinderfields Hospital early next week, and the family can start to think about laying him to rest.
The family, who had been staying elsewhere for the last few days, have now gone back to their home after the police cordon was lifted, Mr Ali said.
IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: “This will be an extremely distressing time for Mr Din’s family and my condolences go out to them. I want to reassure them that we will do everything we can to find out what took place. It is vital anyone with information contacts the IPCC so that we can build a full picture.”
It is understood police carried out CPR on Mr Din while waiting for an ambulance. He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he was pronounced dead. Following the incident, the IPCC said there was some public disorder close to the scene of Mr Din’s collapse, and a large police presence. Witnesses can email Grasmere@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk or call 0800 096 9074.
* A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed a 34-year-old man arrested on suspicion of criminal damage has now been released on bail pending further enquiries,