Call to block the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (SpyCops) Bill

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published: September 2020

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (CHIS), otherwise known as the SpyCops Bill, is currently being rushed through parliament. Its purpose is to provide the legal basis for the conduct of undercover agents such as police officers, but in reality, it will go much further.

There has been a well-documented history of state surveillance of lawful trade union activity and justice campaigns in recent years, including links with the criminal blacklisting of trade union members.

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Christopher Alder’s sister plans new legal challenge after ‘deeply disturbing’ evidence

Janet, sister of Christopher Alder - Image credit Wasi Danijuall credits: Hull Daily Mail
published: 24 August 2020

The sister of Christopher Alder, who died in police custody, is continuing her battle for justice with plans to launch a legal challenge against South Yorkshire Police.

Former paratrooper Christopher, 37, died on the floor of the custody suite in Queens Gardens police station in Hull in the early hours of April 1, 1998. Read more.

After an inquest returned a verdict of “unlawful killing” in 2000, five Humberside Police officers stood trial for the manslaughter of Christopher, alongside misconduct charges.

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Cherry Groce: Mum’s police shooting ‘robbed me of my childhood’

Cherry Groce son, Lee Lawrence - Image credit www.youtube.com
Cherry Groce’s son, Lee Lawrence – Image credit http://www.youtube.com

source: BBC News
published: 1 July 2020

Lee Lawrence was just 11 years old when his life changed forever. He had fallen asleep in his mother’s room and was awoken by a loud noise. She went to investigate but moments later he heard a gunshot.

His mother, Dorothy “Cherry” Groce, had been mistakenly shot by police officers in an incident which left her paralysed and sparked the Brixton Riots of 1985.

Now 45, Lee remembers his mother crying out that she could not breathe – words which now resonate with those uttered by the black American George Floyd as a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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