Drill Crew 1011 Have Been Banned From Making Music Without Police Permission

Drill Crew 1011 Have Been Banned From Making Music Without Police Permission

June 19, 2018

On June 7, members of drill crew 1011 were jailed after admitting to conspiracy to commit violent disorder. 

Then, yesterday, an order was placed on members Yonas Girma, 21, Micah Bedeau, 19, Isaac Marshall, 18, Jordan Bedeau, 17, and Rhys Herbert, 17, all from west London, that essentially banned them banned them from making drill music.

Specifically, the order bans them from mentioning death or injury, and from mentioning named postcodes in a gang context. It also states members of the group must notify police within 24 hours of releasing new videos and give 48 hours warning of the date and location of any performance or recording. The court order also states police officers must attend the filming of music videos.

"Banning a kind of music is not the way to handle ideas or opinions that are distasteful or disturbing," said the chief executive, Jodie Ginsberg.

"This isn't going to address the issues that lead to the creation of this kind of music, nor should we be creating a precedent in which certain forms of art which include violent images or ideas are banned. 

"We need to tackle actual violence, not ideas and opinions."

DCS Kevin Southworth said: "We believe this to be one of the first times, if not the first time, we have succeeded in gaining criminal behaviour orders that take such detailed and firm measures to restrict the actions of a gang who blatantly glorified violence through the music they created.

"We're not in the business of killing anyone's fun, we're not in the business of killing anyone's artistic expression — we are in the business of stopping people being killed.

"This isn't about us straying into the area of regulation or censorship — we are not trying to ban anyone from making music nor are we demonising any one type of music. But the public rightly expect us to take action in a case such as this where a line has very clearly been crossed and the safety of individuals is put at risk."

This new development follows YouTube's controversial decision to take down over 30 music videos at the request of the Metropolitan Police. Since then, the Met police and detectives have asked for powers to target and trace artists from online videos. If these new laws are passed members will be treated "like terror suspects".

Words: James Keith