Wednesday, April 27, 2011

R.I.P. Smiley Culture

Early last month, the artist known as Smiley Culture, died after police officers raided his home, after a tip off for drugs.

The musician, who had hits in the Eighties, is believed to have stabbed himself as police swooped on his home in Warlingham, Surrey.

The 47-year-old, real name David Emmanuel, was due in court after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in September last year.

It is believed he died in the kitchen after police tried to resuscitate him. They were told he stabbed himself while making a cup of tea, despite officers still being in his home in while they performed their drug search. A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed they were now investigating a "death following police contact".

The singer, from south London, released his first single Cockney Translation in 1984 but was best known for hit Police Officer.

Trying to find the words to explain yet another death of a Black person at the hands of the police escape me right now and whether there is an investigation or not, the outcome will be the same as Ian Tomlinson, Jean Charles de Menezes, Brian Douglas, Joy Gardner right up to last week when Kinglsey Brown lost his life following fatal injuries sustained while in police custody at the hands of the boys in blue.

When will there be justice and equality in the UK for ALL and not this facade of liberty and freedom which causes more harm than good and more damage than Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs"?


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