UK Scandal Over Police Infiltration of Environmental Groups


From the Guardian – Jan 19, 2011

by Paul Lewis and Rob Evans

Senior officers say undercover operations need independent regulation as criticism mounts over the Mark Kennedy case

Police chiefs admitted today that their infiltration of undercover police officers into protest groups had gone “badly wrong” and called for independent regulation of spying operations.

Amid mounting criticism of police over the handling of the Mark Kennedy case,
Jon Murphy, who speaks on the issue for the Association of Chief Police
Officers (Acpo), also insisted that undercover officers were forbidden
from sleeping with activists to gather information.

Three official
inquiries have been launched into Kennedy’s seven-year infiltration of
the environmental movement after a criminal trial collapsed last week.
The row has also led to Acpo being stripped of its power to run
undercover police units.

Murphy told the Guardian: “Something has gone badly wrong here. We would not be where we are if it had not.”

said senior police officers would welcome an outside body monitoring
their use of undercover police officers. “We are left to regulate it
ourselves, and we think we do a good job of it,” he said. But he
acknowledged: “Sometimes things go wrong. It is a volatile area of
police work.”

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.