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Smiley Culture police meeting causes outburst
REASSURANCES FROM the Met Police that it hoped the investigation into the death of reggae icon Smiley Culture would be "thorough, speedy and open to scrutiny" has fallen on deaf ears.
Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin, said: "It is very wrong to jump to a judgement either way until we see the evidence that’s produced. My sympathies are with the family and friends.”
As the crowd grew more vocal, the meeting had to be adjourned.
Many of the spectators were upset about statements from a police officer, Det Con Stuart Hobkirk, who told Croydon Crown Court this week that he saw Smiley Culture plunge a carving knife into his own chest.
Once the meeting restarted, Godwin continued: “We truly are a different organisation to the one we were in the Nineties and what we have to do is constantly revisit and challenge ourselves.
MPA member Cindy Butts was reduced to tears by the protest. She said: "It has been 30 years since the Brixton riots and so much has changed… [but] we have so much to do."
Reggae musician Smiley Culture, real name David Emmanuel, died during a police raid on his home in Warlingham, Surrey.
He suffered a single stab wound to the heart, which four police witnesses allege he inflicted upon himself.
Emmanuel was due to face trial after being charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine in September last year alongside four others.
The case is now to lie on file.