The son of late reggae legend Peter Tosh, died in his Boston location dwelling on July 17 at the age of 40. He had under no circumstances totally recovered from a brutal 2017 beating in a New Jersey jail, exactly where he was serving time on a cannabis charge.
Gamal Jawara McIntosh, who performed beneath the stage name Tosh 1, was Peter Tosh’s youngest son. He shares his legendary father’s fate, as they each faced violent deaths.
McIntosh was serving a six-month sentence for marijuana possession when he was attacked by yet another inmate. As noted by the Jamaica Observer, the beating left him in a coma for more than a year with complete rehabilitation a extended way off.
Following his death in July, McIntosh’s older brother Dave Tosh confirmed a month later to the Jamaica Gleaner that his brother’s remains had been cremated.
Peter Tosh, who co-founded the Wailers in 1963 along with Bob Marley, was murdered through an armed robbery of his dwelling in Kingston in 1987. He was repeatedly targeted by police in Jamaica for his anti-establishment views and open use and advocacy of ganja and on 1 occasion in 1978 was badly roughed up.
Peace in the Afterlife
When Tosh 1 lastly regained consciousness additional than a year following the February 2017 jailhouse attack, he was sent dwelling from the New Jersey hospital to Boston, exactly where his mother, Melody Cunningham, and sister, Niambe Tosh, cared for him.
Final November, Niambe, a cannabis activist who operates as a teacher in Boston, told the audience at the Peter Tosh Music Festival in Kingston that her brother was gradually producing progress.
“He nonetheless has a lot of healing to do nonetheless, so I appreciate and know that Jamaica is praying tough for him,” she mentioned from the stage. “The prayers are absolutely operating so please continue to send out your prayers for him since he is absolutely missing from the stage tonight, but I know his spirit is with us at the exact same time. So please, continue to pray for my father’s youngest son.”
Reggae fans can now only pray for his peace in the afterlife.
Ganja Bust Becomes Death Sentence
In June 2013, McIntosh was arrested in Mahwah, NJ, for allegedly possessing additional than 65 pounds of cannabis in the trunk of his rental automobile. Billboard reported that Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli mentioned McIntosh had an arrest record that incorporated charges for “disorderly persons offenses, assault, resisting arrest and advertising prostitution.” Nonetheless, the New Jersey activist group Cannabis Patriots Unite refuted Batelli’s claims, calling them “slanderous and absolutely with no merit.”
McIntosh spent additional than six months in the Bergen County jail ahead of pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute. He received a 1-year sentence in August 2016. With six months left to serve, he was sent back to the county jail in January 2017. Just 1 month later, he suffered the debilitating attack.
New Jersey’s Hackensack Every day Voice reported that a fellow inmate — a New York resident from Queens awaiting trial in a dwelling break-in named Kyrie Baum — was charged in the brutal beating. He faces a count of aggravated assault for the attack.
In February 2019, Melody Cunningham filed a federal lawsuit against Bergen County, alleging that authorities, like ex-sheriff Michael Saudino and a group of his officers, condoned a “fight club culture” in the Hackensack prison. The county is arguing that it does not oversee the jail and does not manage the sheriff or his officers and hence has no liability in the case.
NorthJersey.com reports that county counsel filed a short with the court final July, stating: “The county does not operate the Bergen County jail, nor is the county the custodian of the prisoners there—instead, the sheriff is.”
Saudino, who was sheriff at the time of the attack, stepped down in September 2018 following secretly-recorded racist comments that he produced have been released to the public. On the tape, aired by radio station WNYC, Saudino speaks with members of his employees about then newly elected Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to legalize cannabis. He is heard saying that legalization would “let the blacks come in [presumably from New York], do what ever the f*** they want, smoke their marijuana, do this do that, and do not be concerned about it. You know, we’ll tie the hands of cops.”
A Voice for Cannabis Liberation
The Justice for Jawara web page at the Peter Tosh internet site now states: “Jawara, you are a accurate soldier and we are blessed to have you as a son, a brother, a father, and a pal. Please hug and kiss our ancestors for the household. Your legacy lives on by way of your young children, Jahzarah, Jeremaiah, Nazare, and Azariah.”
It also tends to make note of his commitment to cannabis activism: “Within the Rastafari faith, marijuana is a sacramental and sacred herb and has lots of recognized medicinal properties and values. Jawara has regularly utilized his personal voice as an advocate for legalization, speaking at events like the Freedom Rally in Boston, Massachusetts, as nicely as in front of the New Jersey State Property.”
Amongst his musical contributions as Tosh 1, McIntosh recorded a version of his father’s classic anthem of cannabis liberation, “Legalize It.”
As the Bergen Record recalled, Tosh 1 performed the song outdoors the New Jersey statehouse at an April 2014 rally calling on state and federal lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize cannabis.
Veteran Higher Instances music editor Steve Bloom, who covered the passing of Jawara McIntosh for his internet site CelebStoner, also presented the following comments to Cannabis Now: “It’s terrible what occurred to Jawara. Clearly, he was a victim of the War on Drugs. Marijuana possession with intent to distribute charge was the starting of the finish for him,” he mentioned.
“Like his father Peter, Jawara was persecuted for his adore of ganja. He should really be alive and nicely currently. Say his name: Jawara McIntosh.”
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