Legendary singer Peter Tosh was murdered 30 years ago, and now his son is in a coma after being beaten in the custody of the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey while serving a six-month sentence for cannabis related charges. The family are now seeking a U.S Department of Justice Investigation and filing a civil rights lawsuit.
Peter Tosh was a human rights activist and was an original founding member of The Wailers, alongside Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Tosh wrote and performed the iconic song, “Legalize It; which became the soundtrack of the movement toward legalisation. He was murdered in 1987 during a home invasion.
Tosh’s son, 37 year old Jawara McIntosh was inspired by his father’s legacy to become a musician and advocate for the legalisation of cannabis. Now the father of four is unable to speak or use any form of communication.
On February 21st, Jawara’s mother received a call from the Hackensack hospital informing her that her son required a lifesaving surgical procedure after being savagely attacked at the jail.
Niambe McIntosh, Jawara’s sister adds, “We have since, upon request, got an incident report that just didn’t really give a lot of information, but it just said there was another inmate [involved]. There was very little detail as to what happened.”
The family attorney Jasmin Rand states: “Some states have begun legalizing cannabis; but far too many people continue to be stripped of their freedom for cannabis related charges resulting in mass incarceration, brutality, and murder, depriving individuals of their constitutional rights.”