On the weekend of 16th and 17th April 2016, a seminal conference took place in London, and, as the title suggests, it had two central themes to discuss and confront:
- the nature of State racism – the bedrock for institutional, popular and sometimes violent racism – and policing policies that target or create notions of suspect communities and their damaging impact of British Society
- the evolution and practice of political policing in UK:. Building on a hugely successful conference in 2015, participants at the conference explored the history and disastrous impact of the policing of social and justice movements, in light of the upcoming Undercover Policing Inquiry, and demanded the Inquiry adopts an open and rigorous approach.
“A challenging and thought provoking conference with a series of great speakers including the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Doreen Lawrence, Imran Khan and many more. The conference effectively demonstrated the huge gap between the reality of the racist surveillance and spying campaigns of recent years by the Police and secret state and how the British establishment likes to think of itself as a set of transparent and democratic institutions. I left feeling both shocked and appalled by the sheer dishonesty and racism of the British State but also exhilarated that so many activists are starting to organise and form alliances to make their voices heard”. Andy Gregg, Director of Race On The Agenda (ROTA)
”I had the privilege of speaking at a very important meting at the weekend, it raised very serious issues for us all” Alastair Morgan, brother of Daniel Morgan, a journalist murdered whist investigating police corruption
“A brilliant conference” Jane Deighton, solicitor
“The conference was a huge and impressive success” Imran Khan, Human Rights solicitor
The videos follow the agenda for the two days.
Day 1: Saturday 16 April 2016: Policing of Black, Asian & suspect communities – spying, lying, dying and racism
Session 1: Political Policing: Setting the context
Session 2 : Policing of Suspect Communities
Session 3: From suspect communities to targeting of campaigns against injustice
Session 4: Why the Undercover Police Inquiry is important?
Day 2: Sunday 17 April 2016: Spycops and the UPI – is accountability possible or a pipedream?
Session 5: History of the Special Demonstration Squad and Spycops, Herne and Ellison
Session 6: The Spied Upon Speak out
Session 7: Challenges facing the Undercover Policing Inquiry
Session 8: An official update from the Undercover Policing Inquiry