Smiley Culture March For Justice

Apr 08, 2011

Saturday 16th April

Assemble 12:00 noon. Southbank Club, 124 – 130 Wandsworth Road, SW8.

It’s not just ironic that Smiley Culture, who had a hit with “Police Officer” a rap documenting police treatment of black youths, died when those same police entered his home on the March 15th. Or that it’s 30 years since the Brixton uprising.  It’s also a reminder of the 400+ that have died in police custody over the past 10 years and the failure of the justice system to bring any convictions.

Smiley Culture died of a single stab wound to the heart during a police search of his house. Officers who mounted the early morning raid claim that Smiley stabbed himself to death when alone in his kitchen as he made a cup of tea while they searched the rest of the house.

How the police would allow someone they detained to go off unescorted and make a cuppa is totally bizarre and unbelievable. We’re not stupid. Anyone here who’s ever been detained by the cops know this is not how it goes down.

The Family are demanding a full and independent investigation and a campaign has been set up to fight for Justice for Smiley.

At packed a rally in Brixton attended by over 1,000 people, Smiley’s nephew Merlin said “under section 18, the police have a duty of care to look after suspects in their custody and keep him or her safe… the protocol and the standard procedure should be, and is, to handcuff the suspect. The police failed miserably to enforce these simple procedures and, as a consequence, my uncle David Emmanuel, also known as Smiley Culture, is dead”.

In the last 10 years over 400 people have died in police custody – ONE A WEEK

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who will no doubt do their best at a cover up even though they promise a full investigation. It’s hard to have faith in a body who lets over 400 custody deaths in the past 10 years go without a single conviction. That’s one death a week!

No Justice, No Peace. Support The Demonstration on 16th April!

For more information and to support the campaign:


Twitter: justice4smileyc


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