British police spying on racist murder victim’s family

This video from Britain says about itself:

Stephen Lawrence: Justice For A Murdered Son Part 1

13 Jan 2012

Eighteen years after Stephen Lawrence was stabbed in South London by racist youths, two men have finally been found guilty of murder in a case that has been marred by incompetence.

This video is Part 2.

This video is Part 3.

And this is Part 4.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Stephen Lawrence report: Theresa May orders public inquiry into police spies

Home secretary tells MPs judge-led inquiry will be launched into work of undercover officers following publication of Ellison report

Rob Evans and Vikram Dodd

Thursday 6 March 2014 12.04 GMT

Theresa May has announced a public inquiry into the work of undercover police officers shortly after the publication of an independent inquiry that found Scotland Yard had spied on Stephen Lawrence‘s family.

Her move follows an independent inquiry into potential corruption and the role of undercover policing in the Lawrence murder inquiry, which found that Scotland Yard had planted “a spy in the Lawrence family camp” – whose existence was previously concealed.

May told the Commons that what the review into police corruption in the original murder investigation revealed was “deeply troubling”.

The independent inquiry by Mark Ellison also found the spy and other undercover officers gathered personal details about Doreen and Neville Lawrence, the parents of the murdered teenager.

The information obtained included “discussion of the progress, reasons and details of the decisions made by the Lawrence family” connected to their campaign to force the Metropolitan police to investigate their son’s racist murder properly.

Ellison, working for the home secretary, also criticises the police for arranging a meeting between this spy – known only as N81 – and an officer who was part of the internal team drafting the response by Sir Paul Condon, the then Met commissioner, to the inquiry led by William Macpherson into the Met’s handling of the murder investigation.

The lawyer found that the opening of such a channel of communication at that time was “wrong-headed” and “inappropriate”.

He added: “The reality was that N81 was, at the time, an MPS [Metropolitan police service] spy in the Lawrence family camp during the course of judicial proceedings in which the family was the primary party in opposition to the MPS.”

He also said: “The mere presence of an undercover MPS officer in the wider Lawrence family camp in such circumstances is highly questionable in terms of the appearance it creates of the MPS having a spy in the family’s camp.”

The undercover officer known as N81 was a member of the special demonstration squad and worked alongside Peter Francis, the whistleblower who has revealed many details of the squad’s work.

N81, whose name has not been revealed, was deployed in a group “positioned close to the Lawrence family campaign”. The spy gathered “some personal details relating to” the murdered teenager’s parents.

Elsewhere in the report Ellison also concluded that a public inquiry would have “limited” potential to uncover further evidence regarding corruption in the original murder investigations, a conclusion likely to frustrate the Lawrence family. But his comment about an inquiry was focused on a review of those murder investigations – not the activities of undercover police officers.

Ellison said there were also serious concerns that material on the corruption issue believed to have been held by the Met could not be found.

His report also concludes:

• There were “clear defects” in the level of information the Met police gave to the 1998 public inquiry into the murder.

• There are reasonable grounds for suspecting a detective, John Davidson, in the original Lawrence investigation acted suspiciously, and may have had a relationship with the father of one of the suspects.

See also here.

Damning report levelled allegations of corruption and spying on police investigating the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence: here.

THE police watchdog is to investigate claims that one of Britain’s most senior policemen got information from an undercover officer who spied on the Stephen Lawrence family: here.

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