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The arrest of rapper Ashley Walters should force the black community to speak out loud about its problems

By Lennie James   April 2002

This March, 19-year-old Ashley Walters, aka “Asher D,” from British garage group the So Solid Crew, was told by a judge at Southwark crown court that he would receive a substantial custodial sentence for possessing a converted Brocock air pistol, loaded with live ammunition. Eight months earlier, Ashley and his girlfriend, Natalie Williams, had been involved in an argument with a traffic warden. The gun never left Natalie’s bag, where it was wrapped in a sock, but the warden reported the incident and the police found it when they searched the couple. In court, Ashley pleaded guilty to possession. Immediately,…

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