Police to face no action over Smiley Culture death

IPCC rule criticism in case was not strong enough to warrant disciplinary action

Police to face no action over Smiley Culture death

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Police officers who carried out a raid on Smiley Culture's home, which saw the reggae star die of a single stab wound to the heart, will not face disciplinary action.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has ruled the operation was "not satisfactory" but criticism was not strong enough to start misconduct procedures.

His family was told the singer, whose real name was David Emmanuel, stabbed himself while making a cup of tea, despite the presence of police in his home in March, reports Sky News. He had been due to face trial having been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Nephew Merlin Emmanuel criticised the police at the time and IPCC commissioner, Mike Franklin, has now written him a letter stating:

The investigation has identified aspects of the operation which were not satisfactory, and criticism has been made of some of the officers' actions. However, these do not meet the threshold for misconduct under the police misconduct system

The only action police can now face is if the Met Police initiates an "unsatisfactory performance procedure", that may result in dismissal action.

Emmanuel's biggest hit was his 1984 single 'Police Officer'.

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