originally by: The Voice
published: 15th March 2012
Late Reggae icon Smiley Culture’s family has gathered at his grave to mark the first anniversary of his death.
The Cockney Translation singer, whose real name was David Emmanuel, died under controversial circumstances during a police raid at his Surrey home on March 15 last year.
Earlier today (March 15), Smiley Culture’s nephew, Merlin Emmanuel said he and other family members visited the grave and then gathered for dinner and to share memories of him.
“We will remember his life rather than focus on his death,” he said.
Police claimed Smiley Culture stabbed himself with a kitchen knife during the 2011 police raid but Smiley’s Culture relatives and several voice readers have rejected this view. Angry over his death, hundreds of protesters also marched through London to gather outside London police headquarters, Scotland Yard, on April 16, 2011. They called for action over deaths in police custody.
Last September, after investigating cops’ actions during Smiley’s death, police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said officers involved in a raid that pre-empted the reggae singer’s death would not face any disciplinary action.
Emmanuel told The Voice: “We are coping. We are a resilient people.
Obviously, if we thought we had been accorded some kind of justice we would feel a little bit better. But even justice itself can’t bring Smiley back through the door so it is what it is. We miss him and the circumstances under which he died compounds the reality (for) the worse.”