We rarely see unanimous statements from all the press on matters of racism and police misconduct, but it always seems to be much easier if the incident happened in the past. Such was the case last week, when we finally learnt a little bit more about the conduct of the undercover operations of the ‘Special Demonstrations Squad’.
The Home Secretary’s response to the publication of the Ellison review was as follows, “undercover officers, sometimes working in difficult and dangerous conditions, have helped bring criminals to justice. They have stopped bad things happening to our country… But the Ellison review reveals very real and substantial failings. The picture which emerges about the SDS from this report, and from other material in the public domain, is of significant failings of judgement, intrusive supervision and leadership over a sustained period.”
The Home Office report, the Ellison report, and the Metropolitan Police Service report, the Herne report, were released together last week, and begin to shed some light on the what was happening behind the scenes during the Lawrence Inquiry. We will release our response to the report in time, in the meantime you can now download and read the full reports.