Comment

The impenetrable wall of police silence

“It was exactly 10 years ago that I discovered that my partner of six years was actually a policeman. He was a fictional character - his identity was fabricated and he was put into my life to deceive me, by his employer, who knew that one day they would remove him.” 

By 
Richard Garside
13 November 2020
News

Policing part 2: Undercover policing

This week's summer reading builds on last week's policing reading list, with articles, videos and research focusing on the undercover policing of political protest. 

14 August 2020
News

New publications on undercover policing

Over the past year, we have hosted a Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, sponsored by the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust.

The Centre is today publishing two papers on undercover policing Connor has written as part of this Fellowship, under the title Spycops in context.

From 1968-2008 a dedicated police...

3 December 2018
Publication

Spycops in context

The two papers seek to historicise and analyse state infiltration, revealing it as one tactic in a much larger repertoire of political policing. Spycops in context: a brief history of political policing in Britain One of the papers, Spycops in context: a brief history of political policing in...
By 
Connor Woodman
3 December 2018
News

Police spying and political movements

Our Research Fellow, Connor Woodman, has written two articles published in Verso and Jacobin.

For Verso, Connor responds to Alex S Vitale's The End of Policing and asks, 'When, if ever, is it justified for the state to surveil, infiltrate...

2 May 2018
News

Imran Khan on racism in the Metropolitan Police

Imran Khan, the Lawrence family solicitor, has written an article in response to the BBC's three-part documentary on Stephen Lawrence's murder, 'Stephen: The Murder That Changed a Nation'.

In The Guardian article, Khan questions whether anything has changed within the Metropolitan Police since Stephen Lawrence's murder in 1993 and emphasises how much work is to be done to shape a racially just society and police force. 

In 2015, along with Monitoring Group, Imran...

19 April 2018
News

Latest on the Undercover Policing Inquiry

Following revelations that undercover police officers infiltrated hundreds of political and justice campaigns in the UK, the government launched an Undercover Policing Inquiry in 2015.

Three years later, to cries of ‘no justice, no peace’, dozens of spying victims marched out of the latest Inquiry hearing, denouncing the process and calling for the resignation of presiding judge John Mitting.

Our Research Fellow Connor Woodman explains...

26 March 2018
Comment

Right to protest threatened by wall of silence

Since the exposure of Mark Kennedy as an undercover officer in the climate change movement in 2011, the spotlight should have been on undercover policing and getting to the bottom of its...

By 
Helen Mills
9 November 2017