IPCC inquiry finds no evidence of criminal offence in police operation
Police who carried out the raid on Smiley Culture‘s home, which saw the reggae star die of a single stab wound to the heart, will not face criminal charges.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (‘IPCC’) has cleared officers of committing any criminal offences during the operation, after having previously ruled they that they found no evidence that could lead to charges of misconduct .
The singer, whose real name was David Emmanuel, allegedly stabbed himself to death while making a cup of tea despite the presence of police in his home. He had been due to face trial having been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.
In September, the IPCC said that the investigation into his death was deemed “not satisfactory” but the criticism was not strong enough to start misconduct procedures.
According to the BBC, IPCC Commissioner Mike Franklin has now announced that, after “careful consideration and in consultation with lawyers from both the IPCC and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)”, they will refer the report to the CPS as there isn’t evidence to suggest a criminal offence may have been committed.
However, the IPCC did concede that the inquiry had raised concerns about the planning and risk management of the operation, and a report is being sent to the Metropolitan Police to consider the problems.
The report has also been sent to the coroner ahead of an inquest into Emmanuel’s death. Both the inquest and alleged criminal trial he was linked to will take place in early 2012.
The Evening Standard reports that the singer’s daughter, Shanice McConnachie, said: “Even if foul play didn’t happen that day, the officers should be being held responsible for being so incompetent that my dad died.”
Emmanuel’s biggest hit was his 1984 single ‘Police Officer’.