Statewatch News Online, 26 July 2013 (12/13) UK News

25 July 2013 — http://www.statewatch.org/ – e-mail: office@statewatch.org

1.   UK: The IPCC has today published their annual statistics on deaths during or following police contact 
2.   UK: Independent Police Complaints Commission report (IPPC): Metropolitan Police Service handling of complaints alleging race discrimination
3.   UK: LEGAL AID: House of Commons Justice Committee: Transforming Legal Aid: evidence taken by the Committee 
4.   UK: Report on: UNDERCOVER POLICE USE OF DEAD CHILDREN’S NAMES: Operation Herne: Report 1 · Use of covert identities
5.   UK: Britain’s drone policy to be examined by MPs
6.   UK: Man dies after police use Taser in Manchester
7.   UK: Stephen Lawrence case: Special Branch ‘spied on’ Macpherson inquiry
8.   UK: European Court of Human Rights: Grand Chamber judgment finds UK whole-life jail sentences violate Article 3
9.   UK: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary: Police use of stop and search powers is too often ineffective
10. UK: Jimmy Mubenga was unlawfully killed, inquest jury finds
11. UK: Five police forces investigated over alleged Stephen Lawrence smear campaign
12. UK: Full-text: The Report of The Azelle Rodney Inquiry:
13. N IRELAND:Criminal Justice Inspectorate: A review of the criminal justice system’s preparedness for exceptional or prolonged public disorder 
14. UK: UNDERCOVER POLICING: Home Affairs Select Committee: Undercover Policing: Interim Report: Government Response to the Committee’s
15. UK: POLICE STANDARDS: Home Affairs Select Committee: Leadership and standards in the police
16. UK: A STATE OUT OF CONTROL: Police unit monitors 9,000 ‘extremists’

1. UK: The IPCC has today published their annual statistics on deaths during or following police contact for the year 2012-13.: link to Report:
http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/news/Pages/pr_230713_deathsreport2012-13.aspx?auto=True&l1link=pages%2Fnews.aspx&l1title=News%20and%20press&l2link=news%2FPages%2Fdefault.aspx&l2title=Press%20Releases

See: INQUEST response to IPCC figures on deaths during or following police contact (link):
http://inquest.gn.apc.org/website/press-releases/press-releases-2013/inquest-response-ipcc-figures-deaths-during-or-following-police-contact

2.  UK: Independent Police Complaints Commission report (IPPC): Report on Metropolitan Police Service handling of complaints alleging race discrimination:http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/uk-ippc-report-met-racism.pdf

and see: Six Met police officers could be sacked over racist joke text messages: News emerges as part of watchdog report saying force is failing in way it handles racism complaints against officers from public (Guardian, link):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/17/met-officers-sack-racist-texts

3. UK: LEGAL AID: House of Commons Justice Committee: Transforming Legal Aid: evidence taken by the Committee (60 pages): 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/uk-hoc-justice-cttee-legal-aid.pdf

See also: “The potential death of legal aid”: lawyers protest against new government proposals (Statewatch database)
http://database.statewatch.org/article.asp?aid=32348

4.  UK: Report on: UNDERCOVER POLICE USE OF DEAD CHILDREN’S NAMES: Operation Herne: Report 1 · Use of covert identities: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/uk-creedon-report-on-use-of-dead-childrens-names-by-undercover-unit.pdf

See: Dead children’s IDs used by undercover police to be kept from families (BBC News, link)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23324783

5. UK: Britain’s drone policy to be examined by MPs (BBC, link): A new inquiry into Britain’s policy on armed drone aircraft has been announced by the Commons Defence Committee. MPs will examine the UK’s deployment of armed drones and the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-23277880

See also: UK Defence Select Committee anounces remit of inquiry into use of drones (Drone Wars UK, link):
http://dronewars.net/2013/07/11/uk-defence-select-committee-anounces-remit-of-inquiry-into-use-of-drones/

Submission from Drone Wars UK to the Defence Select Committee Inquiry: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/uk-dwuk-submission-to-dsc-april-2013.pdf

6. UK: Man dies after police use Taser in Manchester (Sky, link) Police say the 23-year-old “suffered a medical episode” after police fired a Taser stun gun at him in Manchester: http://news.sky.com/story/1114286/taser-death-jordan-begley-dies-in-manchester 

See also: Thousands more Tasers issued to police in London:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/apr/06uk-tasers.html

7.  UK: Stephen Lawrence case: Special Branch ‘spied on’ Macpherson inquiry (Guardian, link) Special Branch officers gathered intelligence on anti-racism campaigners from within the official inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, according to a police whistleblower: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/11/stephen-lawrence-special-branch-mcpherson-inquiry

8.   UK: European Court of Human Rights: Grand Chamber judgment finds UK whole-life jail sentences violate Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights (press release)
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/echr-pr-uk-whole-life-sentences-9-july-2013.pdf

Judgment: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/echr-judgment-vinter-uk-whole-life-sentences-9-july-2013.pdf

See: Britain faces new clash with Europe over whole-life jail sentences (Guardian, link):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/jul/09/britain-europe-whole-life-jail-sentences?CMP=twt_gu

and Whole-life jail sentences: what are the government’s options? (Guardian, link)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2013/jul/09/whole-life-jail-sentences-government-options?CMP=twt_gu

9.   UK: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary: Police use of stop and search powers is too often ineffective in tackling crime and procedurally 
incorrect, thereby threatening the legitimacy of the police (press release, link):
http://www.hmic.gov.uk/news/releases-2013/0202013-hmic-finds-the-police-use-of-stop-and-search-powers-is-too-often-ineffective/

Full text of report: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/uk-hmic-police-stop-search-report-july-2013.pdf

The report found that “27% of the 8,783 stop and search records examined by HMIC did not include sufficient grounds to justify the lawful use of the power.”

10. UK: Jimmy Mubenga was unlawfully killed, inquest jury finds (Guardian, link) Mubenga died after being restrained by three G4S guards as he was being deported to Angola in October 2010. At the end of an eight-week inquest, a jury of seven men and three women recorded a majority verdict of nine to one of 
unlawful killing after four days of deliberations:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/09/jimmy-mubenga-unlawfully-killed-inquest-jury

Campaigners call for corporate manslaughter charges against G4S following ‘unlawful killing’ verdict in Jimmy Mubenga inquest (StopG4S, link)
http://stopg4s.net/jimmy-mubenga-inquest-unlawful-killing

See also: Unlawful killing verdicts 1990-2012 – all statistics of deaths in custody (Inquest, link)
http://inquest.gn.apc.org/website/statistics/unlawful-killing-verdicts

and Statewatch analysis: The death of Jimmy Mubenga: “Securing your world” through privatised manslaughter (July 2011)
http://www.statewatch.org/analyses/no-142-jimmy-mubenga.pdf

11. UK: Five police forces investigated over alleged Stephen Lawrence smear campaign (Independent, link)
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/five-police-forces-investigated-over-alleged-stephen-lawrence-smear-campaign-8691089.html?printService=print

12. UK: Full-text: The Report of The Azelle Rodney Inquiry: 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/uk-azelle-rodney-inquiry-report.pdf

See: Azelle Rodney ‘Unlawfully Killed’ By Police (Sky News, link):
http://news.sky.com/story/1111904/azelle-rodney-unlawfully-killed-by-police

and Why did Met officer keep firing at Azelle Rodney? Police marksman’s account of shooting suspect six times due to his ‘body language’, was contradicted by forensic evidence (Guardian, link): http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk-news/2013/jul/05/azelle-rodney-met-police-officer

13. NORTHERN IRELAND:Criminal Justice Inspectorate: A review of the criminal justice system’s preparedness for exceptional or prolonged public disorder 
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jul/ni-public-disorder-report.pdf

and see: Use G8 plan for riots (BBC News, link): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23093979

14.  UK: UNDERCOVER POLICING: Home Affairs Select Committee: Undercover Policing: Interim Report: Government Response to the Committee’s Thirteenth Report of Session 2012–13: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jun/uk-hasc-gov-response-on-undercover-police.pdf

and see: Home Affairs Committee: Undercover Policing: Interim Report:
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/mar/uk-home-affairs-committee-undercover-policing.pdf

While the 40-year old Special Demonstrations Squad (SDS) was disbanded five years ago their role continued under another “hat” (NPOIU) and has now been moved to yet another “hat” (NDEDIU) as the government recognises:

“The issues around the management of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) by ACPO were raised in last year’s report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, following which the management of the NPOIU moved from ACPO to the Metropolitan Police Service, where it was absorbed into the National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit.”

15. UK: POLICE STANDARDS: Home Affairs Select Committee: Leadership and standards in the police):
http://www.statewatch.org/news/2013/jun/uk-hasc-police-standards-report.pdf

Committee Chair Keith Vaz MP said: “Broken systems of accountability and a patchwork of police standards and training, have allowed a minority of police officers to get away with corruption and incompetence which is blighting an otherwise excellent service with dedicated officers. The recent allegations of police spying on the Lawrence family and the bugging of Duwayne Brooks, and other activities of undercover officers have shocked the public.”

16. UK: A STATE OUT OF CONTROL: Police unit monitors 9,000 ‘extremists’: Officers familiar with workings of unit indicate that many of campaigners listed on database have no criminal record (Guardian, link): http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/25/undercover-police-domestic-extremism-unit/print

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