nov 272013
 

Diverse studentendemonstraties van de afgelopen jaren werden in potentie als het plegen van een misdrijf beschouwd, zo blijkt uit documenten die J&J in handen kreeg via de Wob. Bescherming van de openbare orde komt steeds meer in het teken te staan van het verzamelen van inlichtingen zonder dat hierbij duidelijk wordt waarvoor, en wat er mee gebeurt. Burgemeesters, College van B&W’s en gemeenteraden weten niets van deze operaties af. Van eind 2009 tot de zomer van 2011 demonstreerden studenten en [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
 

Dat studenten actie voeren tegen aangekondigde bezuinigingen op het onderwijs is van alle tijden. Daar is niets staatsondermijnend aan. Des te meer opmerkelijk dat diverse actieve studenten gedurende de acties en betogingen door de Regionale Inlichtingendienst en geheime dienst AIVD benaderd zijn met de vraag informant te worden. ‘Gaan jullie stenen gooien?’ Eind 2009 stak er langzaam een storm van protest op tegen de bezuinigingen in het onderwijs. Al jaren wordt er zowel binnen de politiek als vanuit wetenschappelijke hoek [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
 

In a settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York City Police Department agreed to stop storing the names of people who were arrested or issued a summons after being stopped and frisked — and later cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. For years, police have used the database to target New Yorkers for criminal investigations, even though it includes people who were victims of unjustified police stops. Since 2002, the police department has conducted more than five [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacts to a federal court’s decision on the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practice, and outlines the reasons for appealing. Photo: Getty Images. The New York Police Department violated the Constitution with its practice of stopping and searching people suspected of criminal activity, a federal judge ruled Monday in a decision likely to lead police departments across the country to take a close look at their crime-fighting tactics. Finding that New York City’s so-called [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. The Department’s own reports on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are stopping hundreds of thousands of law abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino. An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

In a historic ruling, a federal court has ruled the controversial “stop-and-frisk” tactics used by New York City Police officers are unconstitutional. In a harshly critical decision, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin said police had relied on what she called a “policy of indirect racial profiling” that led officers to routinely stop “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white.” Since 2002, the police department has conducted more than five million stop-and-frisks. According to [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]

sep 062013
 

Forensic science workers made series of mistakes handling evidence relating to one of original murder suspects Stephen Lawrence trial: mistakes were made in the handling of crucial evidence. Photograph: PA A police forensic science worker made a series of mistakes in handling evidence relating to one of two men accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence, the Old Bailey heard on Wednesday . Yvonne Turner, a forensic science assistant, put the wrong case number on a jacket belonging to Gary Dobson, who [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Paul Lewis reports on allegations that members of a clandestine Metropolitan unit employed ethically dubious tactics, including inappropriate sexual relationships and deceit, to spy on people – claims apparently substantiated by the personal testimony of a whistleblower who operated undercover for four years. The programme investigates the actions of those tasked with infiltrating political campaigns and protest groups, and speaks to the women who say they were duped into intimate relationships with men they didn’t know were serving police officers. [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Equalities watchdog says it will investigate the operations, with one member of the public saying it was akin to ‘Nazi Germany’ The Home Office faces investigation by the equalities watchdog over stop-and-check operations condemned by new Labour peer Doreen Lawrence. The Independent revealed today that officials had conducted a series of “racist and intimidatory” spot checks to search for illegal immigrants in the wake of the Government’s “go home or face arrest” campaign. Officers wearing stab vests conducted random checks [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Police watchdog report says many forces do not understand how to use powers effectively nor their potential impact Home Office figures show that black people are still seven times more likely to be searched on the street than white people. Photograph: Stuart emmerson/Alamy The misuse of “intrusive and contentious” stop and search powers is threatening to undermine the legitimacy of the police, an official watchdog has warned. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) says that most (30) of the 43 [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

In 27 per cent of cases police did not have reasonable grounds This is the same as 250,000 people every year being stopped and searched The report warns of the potential to stir-up significant social unrest More than a quarter of police stop and searches are ‘unlawful’ and risk promoting ‘major disorder’, government inspectors warned last night. In a blistering report, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary said that, in 27 per cent of cases, police failed to show they [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Warning: IPCC says racism complaints are being thrown out on the basis of an officers denial of them The Met is failing to tackle complaints of racism properly and needs a major “cultural change” to improve the way it deals with London’s minorities, the police watchdog said today. In a highly critical report, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said that Met investigators were often wrongly rejecting allegations of racism simply on the basis of an officer’s denial. It warns that [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

Figures show that since 2009, 57% of discharges have hit chest area, even though Taser warns of ‘serious complications’ Police using a taser during the attempted capture of Raoul Moat. Firing the devices at suspects’ chests carries the risk of inducing a cardiac arrest. Photograph: Jamie Wiseman/Daily Mail/Rex British police have fired Tasers hundreds of times at suspects’ chests despite explicit warnings from the weapon’s manufacturer not to do so because of the dangers of causing a cardiac arrest, the [lees verder]

sep 062013
 

A woman arrives with flowers at the scene in Gorton, Manchester, where a man was shot with a Taser and later died. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian A man has died after police shot him with a Taser, Greater Manchester police have said. The 23-year-old was said to have suffered a “medical episode” and died after police fired at him with the stun gun. Officers were responding to a disturbance at around 8.15pm on Wednesday in Gorton, Manchester, when [lees verder]