Join the Legal Fight to Stop an Undercover Policing Inquiry Whitewash

by Undercover Policing Inquiry non-police, non-state core participants

Join the Legal Fight to Stop an Undercover Policing Inquiry Whitewash

by Undercover Policing Inquiry non-police, non-state core participants
Undercover Policing Inquiry non-police, non-state core participants
We are three victims of undercover policing who have had their lives turned upside down and are demanding justice.
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Latest: July 16, 2018

UPDATE: "The Chair has failed to explain..."

We write to provide an update on developments and to express our sincere gratitude to all those who have supported us by contributing to the fund and circulating our cause so widely.  

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Imagine you are in a five-year relationship with a man you believe you will spend the rest of your life with when he suddenly vanishes into thin air and you discover later he was an undercover police officer spying on you...

Imagine your nearest and dearest was arrested and died as a result of excessive force by the police and that you campaigned for justice - then imagine you discover one of the supporters in your group was a police spy…

These things happened and many other extraordinary stories involving vast sums of tax payers’ money being spent by the state to spy on people exercising their democratic rights.

We are three core participants in the undercover police inquiry. We, like the many others spied on, have had our lives thrown into disarray by the long-term policy of institutional spying employed by police forces around the country.

Our fear is that if it continues in its current trajectory that the Undercover Policing Inquiry will be a whitewash. We have been forced to initiate a legal challenge to the Home Secretary’s decision to refuse to appoint a panel with the skill and diversity required. Our aim is to restore public confidence in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and its ability to get to the truth. Join us by contributing now and sharing this page on social media. 

The time for action is now. The urgency is that the legal proceedings to challenge this decision need to be launched by 5 July


Who is bringing the case? 

Patricia Armani da Silva, a cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes, the young, innocent Brazilian man, who was gunned down at Stockwell tube station on 22 July 2005 by police officers in a botched surveillance operation after he was wrongly deemed to be one of the fugitives involved in failed bombing attempts the previous day. A family justice campaign was founded by the friends and family of Jean Charles to find out the truth about his death, to bring those responsible to justice and to campaign to end the police ‘shoot to kill’ policy and prevent a similar tragedy happening again. Over the next decade, the family endured the stress of two IPCC complaint investigations, an inquest, a civil claim, a further complaint and two legal challenges in their quest for justice for their loved one. In 2014, they were devastated to learn from Operation Herne that their justice campaign had been spied upon by undercover police. They demand to know why and will not be denied justice again.

‘Jessica’ (a pseudonym) was an, inexperienced, vulnerable 19 year old girl with a love of animals. Her first real sexual relationship was, she believed, with a 24 year old, socially awkward, fellow animal rights activist who shared her values. Last year she found out that he was a 32 year old, married, undercover police officer, tasked by his senior officers to spy on her and her friends. Jessica would never have consented to sex or intimacy if she had known his real identity.. She feels violated and humiliated. She wants to know the truth about his deployment and his relationship with her, particularly whether her clear vulnerability made her easy prey.

John Burke-Monerville’s 19 year old son, Trevor, was held at Stoke Newington police station in 1987 during which time his family believe he was beaten and in consequence suffered brain damage. A Justice for Trevor campaign was mounted, supported by the Hackney Community Defence Association. Trevor and members of his family were thereafter harassed by the police. Tragically, Trevor and his brother were murdered in separate incidents years apart. No one was prosecuted for the murders because, the family believe, of failures in the police investigation. Mr Burke- Monerville has learned that the justice campaign meetings were subject to surveillance by the SDS.


How much are we raising and why?

We need to raise £5,000 to cover the initial stages of the application for this crucial step to challenge the refusal to appoint a diverse panel.  If the court grants permission for the case, we will then need to raise a further £50,000 to cover the costs of a full Judicial Review.  Any money left will go to support other legal activity surrounding the Inquiry.

We want to properly participate in this Inquiry. We want it to succeed. We want it to be transparent and fair. We feel that we have no option but to issue a legal challenge now

Update 1

Undercover Policing Inquiry non-police, non-state core participants

July 16, 2018

UPDATE: "The Chair has failed to explain..."

We write to provide an update on developments and to express our sincere gratitude to all those who have supported us by contributing to the fund and circulating our cause so widely.  

Since the page was launched, we have been attempting to persuade the Chair of the Inquiry to explain how he will enable a person who was spied on to provide the Inquiry with effective evidence if s/he does not know at least the cover identity of the officer(s) concerned and how others who don’t yet know they have been spied on are going to find out if cover names are not revealed.  

The Chair has failed to explain. We, therefore, have no option but to issue another, separate legal challenge to the Chair’s on-going approach to the restriction of the cover names of former undercover officers which is incompatible with the conduct of an effective inquiry.   

Taking on the Home Secretary and the Chair is a huge task with significant financial risk for us. We now need to raise £5000 to cover the fees charged by the court to bring the claim and the Defendants’ costs risk in the initial stages of this application and a further £50,000 if it proceeds to full Judicial Review. That means, with the two Judicial reviews, we have to raise £10,000 to cover court fees and the Defendant’s liability for costs if they lose in the initial stages of the applications.  

 

So we still have a long way to go - will you take two minutes to help by: 

1) Posting the link to the case on Twitter and FaceBook and explain why this case is so important: www.crowdjustice.com/case/spycopchallenge/

2) Emailing 5 friends and ask them to contribute

3) Sending the link around your WhatsApp groups and let people know about the campaign  

Your help really will make a difference.

Any money left over will be used to fund other similar legal activity and protect any other victims of undercover policing who may be forced to take similar legal action. We feel that these legal challenges are our last chance to steer the Inquiry on the right course to achieve the truth, which is something that will benefit the whole of society and ensure that those campaigning for justice and social and environmental change now are not subjected to the same treatment.

Thanks so much for your support. 

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