Monday 23rd June, 7pm – 8.30pm, Committee Room 10, House of Commons
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As a result of the Ellison Review into the allegations of police corruption and spying of the Stephen Lawrence family and campaign, the Home Secretary has been forced to announce a Judge-led public inquiry into under cover policing. This is likely to take place next year in 2015. What is the significance of the Ellison review and what can done to to ensure that the Inquiry is totally open and transparent to the public?
What we know:
– Families fighting against injustice and police corruption are monitored, spied upon, infiltrated and, if necessary, smeared
– Documented evidence of police spying on justice campaigns is routinely destroyed
– Police spies are still operating undercover in family and community-led justice campaigns
– Internal police investigations refuse to accept charges of corruption. Only independent investigations force the police to be accountable for their actions
What we need to know:
– What right do the police have in criminalising campaigns seeking justice for their family or community members?
– Where are the records of who has infiltrated campaigns?
– What effect has spying had on how the police respond to campaigns challenging deaths in custody, violence and corruption?
What needs to change:
– Peaceful campaigns for justice must be recognised as necessary for democracy to function, not criminalised by the police
– Records of all police spying must be made available to the effected individuals and groups
– Officers who have acted unlawfully or in a corrupt manner must be brought to justice through the courts, not internal investigations
Imran Khan (eminent human rights lawyers and solicitor for Doreen Lawrence)
Suresh Grover (Director of The Monitoring Group, former coordinator of Lawrence family campaign)
Chaired by Stafford Scott, project manager of Tottenham Rights and civil rights leader