Voices of the Spied On – COPS Public Meeting
WHEN: Thursday 21 January, 6.30-8.30pm
WHERE: Diskus Room, Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN
As the scandal of Britain’s political secret police continues to grow, and with a full scale public inquiry imminent, come and hear from those who were targeted by spycops and are leading the fight for justice.
On Thursday 21 January COPS are hosting a public meeting in London.
On the panel are:
The first UK public talk by this social justice activist who was deceived into a long-term relationship by undercover officer Mark Kennedy.
Wilson is one of eight women who collectively took legal action against the police. In doing so they demonstrated that these were not ‘rogue officers’, but the similarity of their experiences proves that what happened to them was accepted strategy.
Their tenacity forced the Met to issue an extraordinary apology in November. Wilson’s case continues.
Tireless campaigner for justice for her brother Christopher who was killed by police in 1999. Despite the inquest’s finding of unlawful killing, no officers were convicted.
Christopher’s body was subjected to a series of indignities, police admit to repeatedly spying on her and attempting to spy on her lawyer, they snooped into her past to smear her, and despite all this she has been denied ‘core participant’ status at the public inquiry.
A key figure in numerous black community and family justice campaigns, formerly co-ordinator of the Broadwater Farm Defence Campaign, Scott is now race advocacy officer at the Monitoring Group.
The exposure of undercover police adds a new sinister dimension to the state repression he has devoted himself to opposing, with campaigns being infiltrated and undermined by officers.
A human rights lawyer at Bindmans, Carey represents many of the people targeted by spycops.
His clients include Jacqui, the first case the Met settled with a woman deceived into a relationship by an undercover officer, and other similar clients whose cases are ongoing.
He also represents Barbara Shaw, mother of a dead child whose identity was stolen by an undercover police officer.
Chair: The meeting will be chaired by Lois Austin, ex chair of Youth Against Racism in Europe, who were also infiltrated by undercover police.
There will be plenty of time for questions from the floor.