On Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February 2015, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and The Monitoring Group held the 'Police corruption, spying and racism' conference at Conway Hall, London. The video footage from many of the sessions are now available to view online via Vimeo and are embedded below.
Note: A follow up conference is taking place on 16/17 April 2016 - click here for details.
SESSION 1: Setting the context
From Bloody Sunday to Plebgate: What lessons can we learn?
John McDonnell MP, Hayes & Harlington
Racism and Policing. A national and international perspective.
Professor Gus John
Justice Matters: Tackling the 'ethnic penalty'.
Rebecca Roberts, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
SESSION 2: The anatomy of institutional racism
Racial Profiling: Issues and Lessons.
Dr Rebekah Delsol, Open Society Justice Initiative
Implicit Racial Bias and Its Implications for Policing.
Dr Jules Holroyd, University of Nottingham
Stop and Search: the Hit & Myth of British Policing?
Dr Mike Shiner, London School of Economics
Police, Gangs & Racism.
Patrick Williams, Manchester Metropolitan University
SESSION 3: When corporate needs and policing methods collide
How Corrupt is Britain?
Dr David Whyte, Liverpool University
Cuckooed – A True Story of Betrayal
Mark Thomas, presenter, political satirist and reporter
SESSION 4: Undercover cops exposed
The History of Undercover Policing.
Rob Evans, Guardian Journalist
Peter Francis and Consequences of Undercover Operations.
Rosa Curling, Leigh Day Solicitors
Police Spies Out of Lives – Challenging Undercover Intimate Relationships.
Harriet Wistrich, Birnberg Peirce & Partners Solicitors
SESSION 5: A history of systemic failures?
From Robert Peel to Spycops: Where Did It All Go Wrong?
Professor Ben Bowling, Kings College London
Racism & the Criminal Justice System.
Courtenay Griffiths QC
The Significance of the New Inquiry.
Imran Khan, Imran Khan & Partners Solicitors
SESSION 6: Spycops and black justice campaigns
Spying on Black & Asian Communities, What We have Learnt Thus Far.
Suresh Grover, The Monitoring Group
What’s The Worst That Could Happen?
Janet Alder, sister of Christopher Alder
Why did they spy on us?
Sukhdev Reel, mother of Ricky Reel
Who, What, Why?
Lee Lawrence, son of Cherry Groce
A View from the Frontlines.
Stafford Scott, Tottenham Rights
SESSION 7: Holding the state to account
Operation Trident – A Special Service for the Black Community?
Lee Jasper, former Mayor of London’s Advisor on Policing
The Northern Ireland experience of public inquiries.
Paul O’Connor, Director Pat Finucane Centre (Derry)
The Hillsborough Independent Inquiry and its lessons.
Raju Bhatt, Bhatt Murphy Solicitors
SESSION 8: Redefining accountability
Question Time format with Baroness Jenny Jones, Imran Khan, Stuart Lawrence, Paul O’Connor, Raju Bhatt, Harriet Wistrich, Lee Jasper, Paul O'Connor and Raju Bhatt.