Police still not investigating Leave campaigns, citing ‘political sensitivities’

11 October 2018 — Open Democracy

James Cusick and Adam Ramsay

Exclusive: Months after Scotland Yard received ‘substantial’ evidence of potential criminality by pro-Leave groups, nothing has happened. Is the police probe destined for the political long-grass?

The Metropolitan Police has stalled the launch of any criminal investigation into three pro-Brexit campaigns – citing “political sensitivities”, openDemocracy can reveal today. Despite being handed their first dossier of evidence of potential crimes committed by pro-Leave groups over five months ago, the police force has made no progress nor logged a formal case into the activities of either Vote Leave, fronted by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, or Leave.EU, the pro-Brexit campaign bankrolled by Arron Banks.

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Metropolitan Police try to block Freedom of Information requests over Grenfell Tower By Simon Whelan

11 November 2017 — WSWS

London Metropolitan Police have advised the Kensington and Chelsea Council (KCC) to prevent the release of correspondence that could provide damaging information on the failure to prevent a serious fire at Grenfell Tower.

Police officers are monitoring and vetting Freedom of Information requests regarding what the council knew of fire risks to Grenfell Tower, and when, after serious warnings made by the Fire Brigade Union (FBU).

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UK police marksman will not be charged for killing Anthony Grainger By Trevor Johnson

1 February 2014 — WSWS 

Within days of a London jury’s decision January 8 that the police killers of unarmed father of four Mark Duggan were acting within the law, the UK government’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) pushed through a similar decision in regard to the killing of Anthony Grainger.

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No riots, no surprises By Nadia Beard

18 January 2014 — New Left Project

The subject of race and racism in the UK is nothing new to Britain’s criminal justice system and media, with reported cases of racist policing practices periodically gracing the media landscape. But few cases have had such stirring power as that of Mark Duggan’s shooting, the recent verdict of which has deepened an existing mistrust of police conduct, while for many adding another chapter of racial double standards to the annals of British race history. 

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UK police get away with killing of Mark Duggan By Julie Hyland

10 January 2014 — WSWS

The eight to two verdict by a coroner’s inquest that Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by London’s Metropolitan Police is a travesty of justice.

The jurors arrived at their findings despite unanimous agreement that the 29-year-old father of six was unarmed when he was shot twice in Tottenham, north London by an armed police officer on August 4, 2011.

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The British Police: getting away with murder since 1969 By Koos Couvé

9 August 2013 — Open Democracy

827 people have died in police custody since 2004. Not a single police officer has been convicted. Families have struggled hard for justice, encountering multiple failures and police collusion from the IPCC. Why is police accountability failing in this most serious of issues?

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‘British police secretly operated outside democratic control for years’

1 July 2013 — RT

Peter Francis revealed that 20 years ago he had worked as an undercover cop in the Metropolitan Police Force’s secret Special Demonstrations Squad (SDS). Francis said he was tasked to dig up dirt which the Met could use to discredit the family of murdered black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, and thereby derail their campaign for a full and effective police investigation into his death.  The Lawrence family correctly believed the original investigation had been fumbled because of  institutional racism by the police at that time.

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Bahrain: Crushing Pro-Democracy Protests. American and British Police Chiefs Step Up State Repression By Finian Cunningham

2 January, 2012 — Global Research

Top Western appointments allegedly aimed at improving human rights…

Two former police chiefs from the US and Britain have brought discernible Western “expertise” to the Bahraini force only weeks following their appointments – a surge in repression and state terrorism.

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Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications

19 July 2011

An interesting document and worth plowing through.

From the document’s introduction:

Background
1. In 2005-06, the Metropolitan Police investigated claims that a private investigator, Mr Glenn Mulcaire, had been employed by News International to hack into the Voicemail accounts of certain prominent people, including members of the Royal Household in November 2005, in particular to obtain information on them. This case led to the prosecution and subsequent imprisonment of Mr Mulcaire and Mr Clive Goodman, the royal correspondent for the News of the World. The charges brought against Messrs Mulcaire and Goodman cited a limited number of people whose phones were alleged to have been hacked. However, papers taken from Mr Mulcaire in the course of the investigation indicated that journalists —not necessarily all from the same newspaper — had asked him to obtain information on a number of other people: it was not always clear who the subjects of the inquiries were (a number were identified only by initials or a forename), nor whether the request involved hacking or some other means of obtaining information.

Video: Bent Cops on Parade By Craig Murray

13 July 2011 — Craig Murray

The great airline bomb plot was a totally impractical idea in the minds of a very small number (four) of isolated extremists, penetrated from the start by the state, who never did make their liquid bomb cocktail work, never did blow anything up, never did buy plane tickets and for the most part hadn’t actually got round to applying for passports yet. However, these deluded fantasists provided the excuse for billions of taxpayers’ money to be pumped to the security industry, and made air travel even more annoying with the crazy war on shampoo. Continue reading