Super Cat - Don Dada Beaten By New York Cops


By: YardFlex Reporter Jigga

supercat.jpgWilliam 'Super Cat' Maragh was badly assaulted by Long Island police officers over the US Thanksgiving weekend, recently. The alleged beating took place in Long Island, NY outside of the Off Track Betting (OTB). tried to get confirmation of the alleged beating from officers based in Long Island precinct but this attempt was unsuccessful.

However, sources suggest that Super Cat attended the OTB with a friend and after placing a bet with the cashier, he noticed that it was not the bet that he wanted. When he returned to the cashier to rectify the situation, the cashier responded by telling him that the race had already begun and there was nothing that could be done at that point. Super Cat was upset by this and began to raise his voice, and by all indications, created a scene.

OTB employees called the police when the situation got out of hand. After arriving, police then escorted Super Cat out of the building. Interestingly, the ticket that the cashier had given him had actually won some money. He reportedly requested permission from the police to return inside the OTB to encash his ticket. He was granted permission but after he tried to go back in, the cops reportedly jumped on him and beat him for about ten minutes.

Super Cat had to be hospitalized and was also arrested, and charged. Super Cat was released after making bail for an undisclosed amount.

This is not the first run-in that Super Cat has had with the law. In 1991, Super Cat was acquitted of slaying fellow-Jamaican entertainer 'Nitty Gritty' in New York. The DJ was alleged to have shot 'Nitty Gritty' during a dispute in a recording studio.

Super Cat was born William Maragh in the heart of the ghetto in Seivwright Gardens, formerly known as 'Cockburn Pen' in Kingston, the same area that produced his idol, the legendary DJ U-Roy. Super Cat made his recording debut in 1981 with the single 'Mr. Walker' recorded for the Techniques label and produced by Winston Riley.

He has been plagued by a number of controversies locally, including an infamous bottle-throwing incident at Sting in 1991 while on stage with rival deejay

Ninja Man. He is known for songs such as 'Don Dada', 'Cabin Stabbin', 'Si Boops Deh', 'Nuff Man ah Dead' and in the pop mainstream for his collaboration with Heavy D, and more recently, for his guest shot on Sugar Ray's 1997 smash, 'Fly'.