On Wednesday 25 March 2015, The Monitoring Group, in collaboration with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, held a meeting to discuss how to ensure that the judge led inquiry into police spying meets the needs and demands of the victims of police actions.
Suresh Grover of The Monitoring Group has written about the Inquiry and established a change.org petition calling on the Home Secretary to allow former undercover officer, Peter Francis and other whistleblowers to give evidence without fear of prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.
On 12 May 2015, we will be holding a follow up meeting, 'Racism and criminal justice: How can research be used to hold the state to account?'.
All of the speeches from the February 2015 conference on Police corruption, spying and racism are available to view online and those specifically relating to experiences of undercover policing are listed below;
- Rosa Curling, Leigh Day Solicitors: Peter Francis and the Consequences of Undercover Policing
- Helen Steel: Police Spies out of lives - Challenging Undercover Intimate Relationships
- Harriet Wistrich, Birnberg Peirce & Partners Solicitors: Police Spies Out of Lives
- Suresh Grover, The Monitoring Group: Spying on Black and Asian Communities: What we have learnt thus far
- Janet Alder, sister of Christopher Alder: What's the Worst That Could Happen
- Sukhdev Reel, mother of Ricky Reel: Why did they spy on us?
- Lee Lawrence, son of Cherry Groce: Who, What, Why?
- Stafford Scott, Tottenham Rights: A view from the frontline