June 7, 2011 by cosmoakacitizensmith
It’s a strange thing that the very institution that’s supposed to uphold the law in Britain, the police force, appears to exist in its own lawless vacuum. The three people named above were innocents who died at their hands: the first during a botched counter terrorism operation, and the others during political demonstrations. To date, not one cop has been convicted of causing their deaths.
There are others I could mention – Sean Rigg, Ricky Bishop and Smiley Culture for example – but those incidents above touched me in a direct way. Blair Peach was killed in 1979 at a demo against the fascist National Front. I was a kid at the time but his name has had a haunting ring to it since then, as it was the first one for me ever to be linked to this kind of police brutality. 10, 000 people attended his funeral.
John Charles De Menezes, a Brazilian electrician, was shot in Stockwell in South London in 2005. He was thought to be a suicide bomber. A mate of mine over from Brazil ended up working as a translator for his family, while others I knew were involved in the campaign to get him justice.
I was gigging the night of Ian Tomlinson was killed during the G20 protests in 2009. He wasn’t even protesting. Someone grabbed the mic from me halfway through and announced his death, sending a shockwave of confusion and emotion through the crowd. The cops told his family it was protesters who were responsible. This turned out to be bullshit. I met Ian Tomlinson’s family later on at a benefit gig for their campaign for justice. Recently it was announced that the officer who had hit him would face manslaughter charges. Progress at last. But almost immediately afterwards, the Met said their actions in dragging disabled protester Jody Mcintyre from his wheelchair at the tuition fees protests last year were “for his own safety”. WTF?! That case, although not directly related, goes to show that there’s one law for them, one law for the rest of us.
I don’t really know what else to say. I think this song pushes the anger button more than any other I’ve written. Sorry, no humour to force down the pill this time.
Who’s Gonna Take The Rap?
(To listen to the track, click the play button below. To download it, click on the arrow pointing down on the right bit of the thingy below. To share it on Facebook etc, get the embed code by clicking on the icon on the right bit of the thingy below).
Machiavelli said to Mephistopheles one day
Did you hear the one here about the cop that got away?
Took a life for free while it all went off in the city
Sat at home on full pay and his future’s looking pretty
Jean Charles De Menezes, Ian Tomlinson, Blair Peach
Their killers rest in places where the law will never reach
But here comes justice fighting on its feet
Who’s gonna take the rap?
Who’s gonna take the rap?
Won’t someone tell me, please
I’m sick of hearing all this crap
Mephistopheles said, “Mate, you couldn’t make this up.
Got to hand it to ‘em they deserve to win the cup.
The boys in blue don’t need us and our black arts to survive!”
Machiavelli gave a smile and both of them high-fived
The rocky road is beckoning and those that hear the call
Face the wrath of silence and it’s deadly, deafening wall
It may take a lifetime, but it’s taken lives already
Keep on course for justice, solidarity, hold steady.
Also, I’m very please to announce that Tommy Tank has done a remix of the track “IWannaStartACivilWar!” from my album “Costly Pills and Hash.” Check it out, it’s a corker and free to download!
Also, with all this free stuff I’m giving away, can some of y’awl come and buy some of my CDs? I’m skint! The shop’s open here: