Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Lawrence’

Time for a public inquiry on the standards and ethics of policing

by Michael Meacher.

The secretive parts of the British state are slowly being exposed to the light, and it’s a pretty ugly vista. Today we learn that over 8,900 political activists are being monitored by a secret police organisation called the National Domestic Extremism Unit within the Met. Apparently it uses surveillance techniques, paid informers, intercepts and under-cover […]

Mayday, Mayday! Another police corruption case – blacklisting

by Michael Meacher.

Theresa May is apparently minded to order a fresh public inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence on the grounds that a secret Scotland Yard report questioning the conduct and integrity of a police chief involved in the Lawrence case was not given to the Macpherson inquiry in 1998. She is anxious that confidence in […]

Has the Metropolitan Police really changed?

by David Osler.

Sir William Macpherson’s famous observation back in 1999 that the Metropolitan Police was ‘institutionally racist’ did not come as any particular revelation to me. That is because the Met is the closest thing I have to a family business. My grandfather and two uncles were all London coppers in decades gone by, and there have […]

Stephen Lawrence: Justice for some

by Michael Meacher.

The two convictions for Stephen Lawrence’s murder are far from closing this infamous chapter in British policing and criminal justice.   As Stephen’s father has said, only 2 of the 5 killers have so far been brought to justice.   The police who initially dealt with the evidence so tardily and unprofessionally have yet to be held […]

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