The police are building a near 'impenetrable wall of silence' around some of their most secret and harmful practices, according to a new report out today (Tuesday 24 October). The report shows that over six years on from revelations about police infiltration of political activist groups, and more than two years since the establishment of a public inquiry to investigate their activity, little more has come to light about undercover policing practices.
On 25 and 26 of January, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies held three events to launch publication Dangerous associations: Joint enterprise, gangs and racism researched and written by Patrick Williams and Becky Clarke of Manchester Metropolitan University.
The prosecution of Nicky Jacobs for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock should never have been pursued, Stafford Scott, co-founder of the Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign, writes in today's Guardian.
Two of the witnesses, given the pseudonyms John Brown and Rhodes Levin, had previously been paid thousands of pounds by the police as a 'reward' for their help in the earlier prosecutions, he points out.
Stafford Scott, a co-founder of the Broadwater Defence Campaign, argues in today's Guardian that PC Blakelock's murder was tragic, but so were other local deaths at the hands of police. He points out that Tottenham police officers were involved in the deaths of Cynthia Jarrett, Joy Gardner, Roger Sylvester and Mark Duggan. But no one has yet been convicted.