Police officers involved in the fatal arrest of Smiley Culture cleared of misconduct | News

Police officers who carried out the raid in which the late, great reggae star David Emmanuel also known as Smiley Culture died after allegedly stabbing himself to death are unlikely to face criminal charges, disciplinary action or be officially questioned, according to the Guardian.

This revelation comes despite an admission by the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) that the raid on Emmanuel’s home earlier in the year was “not satisfactory”.

In a confidential letter to the late reggae stars family, Mike Franklin, South East IPCC commissioner who is in charge of the investigation said: “The [IPCC] investigation has identified aspects of the operation which were not satisfactory, and criticisms have been made of some of the officer’s actions. However, these do not meet the threshold for misconduct under the police misconduct system.”

The family of Smiley Culture has publicly criticised the Met police officers involved – none of which have been suspended, and the decision that the officers were witnesses in the case and not suspects, meaning they could not be interviewed formally. They have also questioned why the four officers involved handcuffed Emmanuel after the injury that lead to his death and why the officer in the kitchen at the time of death refused a request by the IPCC’s lead investigator to give a formal interview. It is reported that an independent pathologist’s report has stated that the stab wound would have “cause[d] rapid collapse and death within a few minutes”.

The Guardian have spoken to Emanuel’s 17 year old daughter Shanice McConnchie – you can read the full interview here.

Listen to South London rapper Logic‘s tribute to Smiley Culture here.
Rest in Power Smiley Culture.

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