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Anger over singer Smiley Culture police raid death

  • 31 March 2011
  • From the section Surrey
Smiley Culture
Smiley Culture's singles included Cockney Translation and Police Officer

Family and friends of reggae singer Smiley Culture have accused police of failing to explain his death.

There were angry scenes when it was raised at a Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) meeting earlier.

The singer, whose real name was David Emmanuel, died from a single stab wound during a police raid at his home in Surrey on 15 March.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the death.

Asher Seator, his best friend, wept as he called on officers to launch a full inquiry.

"No one is doing anything," he told a panel sitting at City Hall, in central London. "What are you investigating?"

Campaigners had been told the singer stabbed himself while making a cup of tea, despite officers still being in his Warlingham home.

He had been due to face trial last week accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

The 48-year-old's biggest hit was the 1984 song Police Officer, which reached number 12 in the UK charts. His other singles included Cockney Translation and Schooltime Chronicle.

IPCC commissioner Mike Franklin has already promised the investigation will be carried out "as quickly as possible".

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