March 15, 2011
Warlingham, Surrey, England
David “Smiley Culture” Emmanuel, English reggae singer, dies during a police raid from a self inflicted stab wound to the heart at the age of 48
The raid was allegedly a drug bust, though it was later stated there was no evidence of illegal activity within Emmanuel’s home. Emmanuel stabbed himself approximately an hour and a half after police arrived with a search warrant, and a complaint was brought to the Independent Police Complaints Commission against the four police officers in the house at the time of the raid. The IPCC did not find any negligence or wrongdoings on the part of police, which incited riots protesting the rise of deaths of black suspects in police custody.