Police will not face disciplinary action over the death of Smiley Culture

IPCC rules that there is no need to treat the reggae singer's death as police misconduct.

04.09.11

Words by: Charlie Jones

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has declared that the death of Smiley Culture in March was a result of a police raid that was “not satisfactory”, but have ruled out misconduct. This means that police will face no disciplinary action over the incident.

The singer, whose real name was David Emmanuel, died of a single stab wound to the heart, which he sustained while making a cup of tea, in spite of the police presence in his home at the time.

The search warrant for his home was issued on the suspicion that he was conspiring to supply cocaine, an accusation which he was due to stand trial for.

Smiley Culture’s most notable hit was his 1984 single ‘Police Officer’.