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Cop charges after Smiley Culture's death 'unlikely'

Issue No. 2268

Police who were present when reggae singer Smiley Culture died are not likely to face criminal charges, disciplinary action or official questioning.

This is according to a letter from Mike Franklin, head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), to Smiley’s family. He accuses the police operation of being “not satisfactory”.

David Emmanuel, aka Smiley, died of a single stab wound to the heart at his home in March. Police claim he stabbed himself.

But questions remain over why four police officers handcuffed Smiley following the fatal injury and why there were no fingerprints found on the knife.

The officer present at the scene refused to give the IPCC a formal interview.

“We never really expected anything from the IPCC,” Merlin Emmanuel, Smiley’s nephew, told Socialist Worker. “That would be like betting on a horse that’s never won.

“The whole system is corrupt. There’s contempt for black people when they die in custody. It would have been different if he was a white guy in Mayfair.”

The campaign for justice continues.

Smiley’s family is set to join the United Families and Friends Campaign march to Downing Street on 29 October.

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Tue 6 Sep 2011, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2268
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