mrt 212014
 

Scotland Yard stands accused of covering up “institutionalised sexism” within the police in trying to block civil claims launched by women allegedly deceived into sexual relationships with undercover officers. Police lawyers are applying to strike out, on secrecy grounds, the claims of five women who say they were duped into intimate long-term relationships with four undercover police officers working within the special demonstration squad (SDS), a Metropolitan police unit set up to infiltrate protest groups. The legal bid, funded by [lees verder]

mrt 212014
 

Anti-terror head moved as black police leader says force has not improved since the 1999 Macpherson inquiry The crisis engulfing the Metropolitan police following fresh revelations about the Stephen Lawrence case intensified on Friday night as the leader of its black officers’ association called on the commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, to admit that the force was still institutionally racist. Janet Hills, chair of the Met’s black police association, told the Guardian that the report by Mark Ellison QC into alleged [lees verder]

mrt 082014
 

Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered black teenager, finds that Scotland Yard corruption even extended to spying on her family, as public inquiry is announced After being told she had been the victim of two decades of corruption, spying and cover-up, Doreen Lawrence might have vented fury at the Home Office minister opposite her in the House of Lords. Instead she was dignity defined as she held her tears in check and spoke quietly of her “21 years of struggle” to [lees verder]

mrt 082014
 

Police counter-terrorism Commander Richard Walton has been temporarily removed from his post following after a report into the original Stephen Lawrence murder investigation. The Ellison report revealed an undercover officer, known only as N81, had been planted among supporters of the Lawrence family at the time of the Macpherson¦nbsp;inquiry into racism in the Metropolitan Police. In 1988, Mr Walton, who was then an acting detective inspector working on Scotland Yard’s Lawrence review team, responsible for making submissions to the judicial [lees verder]

mrt 072014
 

A new criminal offence of police corruption will be created following “profoundly shocking” revelations about Scotland Yard’s investigation of Stephen Lawrence’s murder, the home secretary says. Addressing the House of Commons on Thursday morning, Theresa May said that an addition to the criminal justice and courts bill, which is currently making its way through parliament, would be made to deal with serious police corruption. The announcement comes after a major review of Scotland Yard’s investigation of the racist murder of [lees verder]

mrt 072014
 

Review finds Met’s undercover unit failed to reveal its involvement to courts Hundreds of political activists could now have their convictions quashed Those wrongly jailed could also mount civil claims against the Met SDS came under scrutiny over alleged attempts to smear Lawrence family New Scotland Yard: The Met Police’s Special Demonstration Squad routinely lied to courts about the actions of its undercover agents, a review has found Dozens of historic police investigations involving undercover officers are to be re-opened [lees verder]

mrt 072014
 

Police lies exposed in official report into the Stephen Lawrence case Report also reveals allegations of a ‘spying operation’ on teen’s family Evidence suggests Detective Sergeant John Davidson acted corruptly Findings are described as ‘profoundly shocking’ by Theresa May Investigation into murder case carried out by barrister Mark Ellison, QC Home Secretary orders a judge-led public inquiry into undercover policing Stephen Lawrence was killed in an unprovoked racist attack in April 1993 His mother Doreen says her family has endured [lees verder]

mrt 072014
 

A review into allegations of corruption surrounding the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation has published its damning verdict. It prompted the home secretary to announce a public inquiry into undercover policing. The report by Mark Ellison QC, which was commissioned by the home secretary, led to Theresa May making a statement to the House of Commons. She told MPs: “The problems of the past have a danger of infecting the present, and can lay traps for the future. Policing stands damaged [lees verder]

mrt 072014
 

HUNDREDS of political activists could have their convictions quashed after the publication of a report into the conduct of a secret undercover police unit in the Stephen Lawrence case. The prosecutions of protesters from the far Left and Right, as well as animal rights campaigners, black justice groups and Irish republicans, will be checked against the records of the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) amid concerns that some were unsafe. The review will pave the way for a public inquiry into [lees verder]

mrt 072014
 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for the police after the Hillsborough cover-up allegations and the Plebgate row, it just has. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has just told MPs about the shocking findings of an inquiry into how they dealt with the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence murder 20 years ago. We know they handled the investigation incompetently because the Macpherson inquiry told us so and they failed for a long time to bring anyone to justice [lees verder]

mrt 072014
 

The mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in 1993, told ITV News she still does not trust the Metropolitan Police after a review into the police inquiry looking at her son’s death uncovered evidence of corruption. When asked whether black people could trust the force, Doreen Lawrence said: “This is going to put another nail in their coffin, definitely not, you just can’t trust them,” Last updated Fri 7 Mar 2014 Find this story at 7 March 2014 © [lees verder]

feb 072014
 

The wrongly convicted activist John Jordan claims the Met helped plan serious civil disorder. An independent public inquiry is now vital From the Stephen Lawrence inquiry we learned that the police were institutionally racist. Can it be long before we learn that they are also institutionally corrupt? Almost every month the undercover policing scandal becomes wider and deeper. Today I can reveal a new twist, which in some respects could be the gravest episode yet. It surely makes the case [lees verder]

feb 072014
 

On June 18th 1999 a car skidded across a road in the financial heart of London. As traffic was blocked thousands of anti capitalist protesters including Reclaim the Streets barged their way into various corporate buildings. The J18 Carnival Against Global Capitalism according to George Monbiot ‘went well beyond non-violent protest. According to the police, 42 people were injured and over £1m of damage was done. One building was singled out: the London International Financial Futures Exchange (Liffe), where derivatives [lees verder]

nov 272013
 

For most of my life student politics has been little more than a joke. Suddenly it’s become both serious and admirable Why are some of the most powerful people in Britain so terrified of a bunch of students? If that sounds a ridiculous question, consider a few recent news stories. As reported in this paper last week, Cambridge police are looking for spies to inform on undergraduate protests against spending cuts and other “student-union type stuff”. Meanwhile, in London last [lees verder]

nov 272013
 

Secret footage has revealed how a policeman tried to recruit an activist to feed him information about the political activities of students and other campaigners Police chiefs have received a hefty dose of criticism, and ridicule, since it was revealed that one of their officers attempted to persuade an activist to spy on Cambridge University students. As the Guardian disclosed here yesterday, a policeman approached a young activist and tried to recruit him as an informant. Instead, the activist decided [lees verder]

nov 272013
 

Officer is filmed attempting to persuade activist in his 20s to become informant targeting ‘student-union type stuff’ Police sought to launch a secret operation to spy on the political activities of students at Cambridge University, a covertly recorded film reveals. An officer monitoring political campaigners attempted to persuade an activist in his 20s to become an informant and feed him information about students and other protesters in return for money. But instead the activist wore a hidden camera to record [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

The investigation into alleged police attempts to smear the Stephen Lawrence campaign and undermine the credibility of witnesses attending the Macpherson inquiry into the black teenager’s racist murder is focusing on the activities of five forces, The Independent has learnt. Investigators are understood to be waiting for senior officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary and West Midlands Police to complete urgent trawls of their records in relation to possible surveillance or intelligence gathering operations carried out in Bristol and Birmingham. [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Chief constable leading investigation also says he will look at claims that Stephen Lawrence campaigners were spied on Dozens of police officers could be put on trial for stealing the identities of dead children, and sleeping with female activists they were spying on, according to the police chief leading an inquiry into Metropolitan police undercover work against protest groups. Mick Creedon, the chief constable of Derbyshire, also said his team would investigate claims from a police whistleblower, Peter Francis, that [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Peter Francis claims officers told him to dig into murdered teenager’s family He posed as an anti-racist activist following the death Victim’s mother said: ‘Nothing can justify… trying to discredit the family’ Raises further questions about police surveillance of activist groups David Cameron demands that Scotland Yard investigates the damaging claim An undercover policeman revealed last night that he took part in an operation to smear the family of Stephen Lawrence. Peter Francis said his superiors wanted him to find [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Exclusive: former undercover officer Peter Francis says superiors wanted him to find ‘dirt’ shortly after 1993 murder Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in 1993 and whose death has been the subject of a long-running police investigation. Photograph: Rex Features A police officer who spent four years living undercover in protest groups has revealed how he participated in an operation to spy on and attempt to “smear” the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, the friend who witnessed his fatal stabbing [lees verder]