…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Campaigners have expressed their strong reaction to a groundbreaking report on undercover policing, describing it as “devastating” for the Metropolitan Police, MI5, and the government.
The report is the first part of a public inquiry on undercover policing and concludes that the actions of the police squad were unjustified and should have resulted in its closure.
Groups representing individuals who were targeted by the secretive Metropolitan Police spy unit welcomed the report, acknowledging the profound impact it has on the police, security services, and government.
Calls for Transparency and Accountability
Baroness (Doreen) Lawrence, who campaigned for justice for her murdered son Stephen and was also a target of surveillance, expressed shock at the conclusion that it was completely unjustified for the police to spy on ordinary citizens.
She demanded to know who authorized the spying on her and her family, and called for the release of all secret police files and the publication of the names of undercover officers.
Campaigners argue that this inquiry is not only about human rights abuses in the 1970s but also exposes how such abuses have continued for more than four decades, perpetuated by the Metropolitan Police, the Home Office, and MI5.
Institutional Failings and the Need for Disclosure
Campaigning support group Police Spies Out Of Lives (PSOOL) emphasized that the issue at hand involves institutional misogyny, racism, and corruption.
They insisted that the only way to uncover the truth and address these deep-rooted problems is by providing individuals with their files and revealing the cover names of the officers involved in these operations.
Kate Wilson, who received compensation after being deceived into a relationship with an undercover officer, stressed the urgent need for disclosure to shed light on the full truth of these operations.
Revelations from the Public Inquiry
The initial public inquiry hearings revealed seemingly inconsequential details recorded in police files, such as reports on jumble and cake sales.
It was also disclosed that one undercover officer even trained as a clown as part of their deployment.
Activists expressed their frustration at the police’s justification of their actions, citing the targeting of subversives and protecting public order, despite evidence proving otherwise.
They criticized the police for ignoring violent groups while focusing on trivial matters, thereby treating those advocating for positive change as criminals.
Deep-Rooted Problems and the Need for Oversight
Campaigners highlighted that the abuses exposed in this report represent just the beginning, as similar patterns persisted for decades and worsened with the establishment of a second unit in 1999.
They expressed outrage at the intrusive tactics used and the lack of oversight.
The inquiry underscores the longstanding issues within the Metropolitan Police, characterized by sexism, racism, and homophobia.
Despite being put in special measures last year, the force continues to demonstrate these deeply ingrained problems.
The findings of the inquiry have shed light on the deep-rooted nature of these issues and the urgent need for reforms and accountability.
Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn