Smiley protest march brings attention to deaths in custody

By The Ligali Organisation | Sat 16 April 2011

Protest march for Smiley Culture - 16 April 2011

Over six hundred people marched across London in search of answers to the death of reggae artist David Emmanuel and other death in custody victims.

The protest which was organised by the Campaign for Justice for Smiley Culture alongside other community campaigners such as Minkah Adofo, of the United Friends and Family Campaign (UFFC) campaign against deaths in police custody and Maxie Hayles, of the Birmingham Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit (BRAMU) followed Smiley’s Friday funeral. The peaceful protest led by a music playing float was a national effort attracting supporters from all across the UK. In particular the families of Sean Riggs, Julian Webster, and Wayne Hamilton as well as that of Kingsley Burrell Brown, another African who recently died after contact with British police officers united with the Emmanuel family and participated in the rally that travelled past the Houses of Parliament at Westminster and ended at the Metropolitan Police headquarters at Scotland Yard.

Demand for equal rights and justice

Call for a public inquiry

David “Smiley Culture” Emmanuel, died of a single stab wound through the heart after several Police officers searched his home on 15 March 2011. His family had been told he stabbed himself while making a cup of tea.

Merlin Emmanuel (Smiley Culture's nephew) said;
“[The] facts are Smiley died whilst under their custody, they had a duty of care to protect my uncle. They failed miserably. As a consequence you would expect at least a letter of condolence from the police force.”

The tragedy is being investigated by Mike Franklin of the Independent Police Complaints commission (IPCC), he is reported as stating; “My intention is that we will get to the truth... do not rush to judgement.”

The IPCC has a long history of protecting corrupt police officers and has consistently failed to secure justice for the victims of police misconduct, malpractice and brutality in high profile cases thereby replicating the record of its spiritual predecessor, the thoroughly discredited Police Complaints authority.

For many decades, justice has remained denied to the families and friends of victims of police brutality. This is irrespective of whether the case is one of assault as in lesser known cases such as that of Toni Comer, Delbo King and Ligali's own Toyin Agbetu or high profile killings by police officers such as the deaths of Christopher Alder, Jean Charles de Menzies, Frank Ogboru and Ian Tomlinson.

The family is calling for a public inquiry.

David “Smiley Culture” Emmanuel

External Links
Campaign for Justice for Smiley Culture
Thousands join march for justice
Police failed miserably dead reggae star Smiley Culture
United Friends and Family Campaign

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