Subversion, sabotage and spying: Political policing and racism in the UK

Piers Doggart and Stephen Brown from the Undercover Policing Inquiry answer questions from the audience

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Subversion, sabotage and spying: Political policing and racism in the UK

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On the 16th and 17th April as major conference about Undercover Policing was held in central London. In light of the upcoming Undercover Policing Inquiry the conference sought to develop a strategic alliance between those directly affected by undercover…


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On the 16th and 17th April as major conference about Undercover Policing was held in central London. In light of the upcoming Undercover Policing Inquiry the conference sought to develop a strategic alliance between those directly affected by undercover policing (so far 170+ non-state individuals have been granted core participant status at the Inquiry), civil society and the public so that the Inquiry adopts a broader, open and more rigorous approach. Activists and families subject to undercover policing, lawyers and staff from the Pitchford Inquiry all spoke and debated issues at the conference.

Below you can view the videos of all the speakers. This conference was co-organised by The Monitoring Group and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, and was supported by Imran Khan and Partners and Tottenham Rights. The conference was hosted by London South Bank University, School of Law & Social Sciences.

The videos follow the agenda for the two days. To view a particular video please click the name of the speaker and you will be taken to the video.

Day 1: Saturday 16 April 2016: Policing of Black, Asian & suspect communities – spying, lying, dying and racism

Session 1: Political Policing: Setting the context
Tony Bunyan (StateWatch) Professor Mark McGovern, Colin Prescod (Institute of Race Relations)

Session 2 : Policing of Suspect Communities John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor) Gareth Peirce (Birnberg Peirce) Becky Clarke (Manchester Metropolitan University) Mubeen Hussain (Muslim Youth Forum)

Session 3: From suspect communities to targeting of campaigns against injustice Suresh Grover (The Monitoring Group) Vakass Hussain (Support the Rotherham 12) Abrar Javid (Support the Rotherham 12)

Session 4: Why the Undercover Police Inquiry is important? Baroness Doreen Lawrence Imran Khan (Imran Khan & Partners) Kate Wilson (Police Spies Out of Lives) Stafford Scott (Tottenham Rights/The Monitoring Group)

Day 2: Sunday 17 April 2016: Spycops and the UPI – is accountability possible or a pipedream?

Session 5: History of the Special Demonstration Squad and Spycops, Herne and Ellison Rob Evans (Journalist, The Guardian)

Session 6: The Spied Upon Speak out Baroness Jenny Jones (The Green Party) Sukhdev Reel (Mother of Ricky Reel) Dave Smith, (Blacklisted) Helen Steel (Police Spies Out of Lives) Janet Alder, (sister of Christopher Alder) Alastair Morgan, (brother of Daniel Morgan) Stafford Scott (Tottenham Rights)

Session 7: Challenges facing the Undercover Policing Inquiry Michael Mansfield QC Courtenay Griffiths QC A statement from Peter Francis (Ex-SDS officer turned Whistleblower)

Session 8: An official update from the Undercover Policing Inquiry Piers Doggart and Stephen Brown, members of the UPI legal team Question and Answer session

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