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Guardian - Stephen Lawrence family and friends targeted by police 'smear' campaign

A police officer who spent four years living undercover in protest groups has revealed how he participated in an operation to spy on and attempt to "smear" the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, the friend who witnessed his fatal stabbing and campaigners angry at the failure to bring his killers to justice.

Peter Francis, a former undercover police officer turned whistleblower, said his superiors wanted him to find "dirt" that could be used against members of the Lawrence family, in the period shortly after Lawrence's racist murder in April 1993.

He also said senior officers deliberately chose to withhold his role spying on the Lawrence campaign from Sir William Macpherson, who headed a public inquiry to examine the police investigation into the death.

Francis said he had come under "huge and constant pressure" from superiors to "hunt for disinformation" that might be used to undermine those arguing for a better investigation into the murder. He posed as an anti-racist activist in the mid-1990s in his search for intelligence.

FYI Stephen Lawrence was a young black man who was murdered in a racist attack. The police investigation was marked by police incompetence and corruption (and possible collusion with his murders). So, this revelation is not terribly surprising, in fact it's becoming somewhat more typical of police behaviour than actually catching criminals.

After all, after Orgreave, Hillsborough, secret police, collaborating with Murdoch on hacking and now this. Exactly how are the police making our lives better? It's not as if they ever turn up when you phone up to complain you're being robbed

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 23rd, 2013 at 02:47:15 PM EST

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