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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‘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:

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

The Myth of Policing By Consent By Kevin Blowe

28 July, 2009 — Random Blowe The full text of an article I’ve written that appears in the current issue of Red Pepper.

In one the bleaker parts of Stepney’s Commercial Road, in London’s East End, is a modern housing association building called Peter House. Just around the corner from it stands another, on Sidney Street, named Painter House. In late September 2008, the Metropolitan Police Federation and the Daily Mail managed to work themselves into a fury at the decision by Tower Hamlets Community Housing to name these properties in commemoration of one of the area’s most celebrated anti-heroes and one of the most notorious incidents in east London’s turbulent working-class history. In January 1911, police hunting a Latvian anarchist gang, who had shot and killed three police officers in a jewellery-shop robbery, cornered three suspects at 100 Sidney Street. The siege that followed, famous locally as the ‘Battle of Stepney’, is remembered for the escape, disappearance and ensuing elevation to popular outlaw status of the gang’s anarchist leader, Peter the Painter, a man who many historians now believe may not even have existed.

But the siege is also remembered for the controversial decision by the then Home Secretary – one Winston Churchill – to take personal charge of the police blockade, call out army reinforcements and then insist that the fire brigade stand by whilst the besieged building burnt to the ground and incinerated those trapped inside. Seldom has any sense of separation between political influence and the supposed ‘operational independence’ of the police been breached more blatantly, or more brutally.

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Police State Measures in the UK: Police ‘arrest innocent youths for their DNA’, officer claims By Murray Wardrop

7 June, 2009 – Daily Telegraph, 2009-06-04 – Global Research

Hundreds of teenagers are having their DNA taken by police in case they commit crimes later in life, an officer has disclosed.

Officers are targeting children as young as 10 with the aim of placing their DNA profiles on the national database to improve their chances of solving crimes, it is claimed.

The alleged practice is also described as part of a ‘long-term crime prevention strategy’ to dissuade youths from committing offences in the future.

Civil liberty campaigners have condemned the tactic of as ‘diabolical’ and said it showed contempt for children’s freedom.

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Jim Crow UK-style By William Bowles

22 October 2015

A documentary, “The Secret Policeman” on BBC TV last night (21/10/03) sent a journalist undercover into the police force and revealed what any right thinking person knows, that English society is riddled with racism from top to bottom. The doccie included a cop putting on a white sheet aka the Klu Klux Klan, comments about Hitler having “the right idea” and so on and so forth, that shocked the established media and predictably, the powers that be reacted with suitable cries of outrage. But not before the doccie had been branded by our racist Home Secretary Blunkett, who described it as “created news”, before it had even been flighted. Today, he thought it was “horrendous”. Five of the cops in the programme resigned today.

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