Friday, March 07, 2014

Spying on the Lawrence family

I am not prepared to see the Metropolitan Police destroyed as an institution - which seems to be the agenda of various radicals.

As far as I can judge, the Metropolitan Police came under political attack in the wake of the Lawrence murder, and it is understandable (although perhaps not entirely excusable) that they should as an institution seek to defend themselves.

Is it so terrible that the police use spies and informers? 

We should remember that the five suspects in the killing were spied on, and a compromising film of their conversations was obtained by police spies:

Presumably by also spying on the Lawrence family the police were seeking to ascertain whether Stephen Lawrence was a member of a gang (which would change entirely the circumstances of his killing).  I think it was reasonable for them to explore whether there was any gang connection.  The fact that no such connection was found does not mean they were wrong to explore the possibility.

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