Hundreds of people are marching through London today in protest at the death of reggae artist Smiley Culture.
The protestors are walking from Wandsworth Road to Scotland Yard via Parliament Square demanding “justice” for the 48-year-old, who died last month while police were searching his home.
The reggae star, real name David Emmanuel, who grew up in Tulse Hill, died of a single stab wound to the heart in the kitchen of his home in Warlingham on March 15.
The 80s star allegedly plunged a carving knife into his chest when he went to make himself a cup of tea during a police drug raid on his home.
He was on bail for conspiracy to supply cocaine at the time.
But friends and family organised the march today after questioning the circumstances of his death.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is carrying out an inquiry.
The march organisers have said the protest is also to honour more than 400 other people who have died in police custody.
Speaking from the march, Merlin Emmanuel, Smiley Culture's nephew who is leading the protest alongside Lee Jasper and other family members, said: "I'm feeling militant. I'm feeling as good as I can under the circumstances. It's good to see the support of the community here and this is just the beginning of the march."
A truck with a soundsystem is leading the way to New Scotland Yard.
The atmosphere is described as peaceful and protesters are chanting "no justice, no peace".
Members of the Socialist Workers' Party and Lambeth Unison have joined the march alongside community members.
The protest is due to finish later today.
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