Friday, December 30, 2011

#MET Gross Misconduct : Two Officers Dismissed

Two MPS officers dismissed and two given final written warnings following an investigation into excessive force

Following an investigation by MPS Directorate Professional Standards, managed by the IPCC, into the actions of six police officers in July 2009, two officers have been dismissed and two officers have received final written warnings after a misconduct hearing.
"The MPS expects the highest level of professionalism from officers and staff."
In the early hours of Friday, 17 July, 2009, a Citroen Saxo failed to stop for police officers and was pursued into the Grange Estate, East Finchley. Four men remained inside the vehicle while the driver decamped and was not traced.

Later that morning, an initial complaint was received alleging assault and excessive force on three of the men, now aged 21, 33 and 35 (aged 18, 31 and 33 at the time). A formal complaint was received in September 2009 allowing officers to progress the investigation.

The investigation found that two of the occupants of the Citroen Saxo were forcibly removed from the vehicle by the officers, despite them being compliant. None of the occupants were arrested and all were detained without being told their rights or entitlements. During the course of their detention all three complainants sustained injuries of varying degrees, including a serious nose injury in the case of one of the men.

The officers were unable to reasonably account for their actions and their use of force.

The IPCC submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service in January 2010 in connection with two of the complainants who had suffered minor injuries for which there was a statutory time limit on proceedings, but the CPS advised no further action. When the investigation was completed in May 2010 the case was again referred to the CPS in relation to the complainant who sustained a serious nose injury and in November 2010 the CPS advised no further action.

Consideration was then given as to whether the actions of individual officers met the threshold for misconduct under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008. The investigation found there were individual failings by six officers, four amounting to gross misconduct, for which the MPS proposed that the four officers should face a misconduct hearing. The hearing concluded on Tuesday, 20 December.

Misconduct proceedings are pending for two further officers involved in the incident.
The panel found that the standards of behaviour for 'Use of Force' and 'Discreditable Conduct' were breached in respect of all four officers, and the breaches were so serious as to amount to gross misconduct.

The panel decided breaches by two officers, aged 40 and 37 based at Barnet police station, were so serious they were dismissed. Whereas breaches by two other officers were less serious therefore they received final written warnings.

Commander Peter Spindler said: "The MPS expects the highest level of professionalism from officers and staff. When an individual falls below this expectation we will hold their actions to account through our misconduct proceedings. Regardless of the CPS not bringing criminal proceedings against these four officers, we felt their behaviour was completely unacceptable and amounted to Gross Misconduct resulting in two dismissals and two final written warnings being issued."

#Strathclyde Police : Are You A Terrorist Or Just A Paedophile ?

First - Strathclyde Police Response

Statement re incident at Braehead, 7 October 2011
Rob Shorthouse, Director of Communications for Strathclyde Police said:
“It is absolutely right and proper that when a complaint about the police is made that it is fully investigated. The public need to know that their complaints are taken seriously and are acted upon promptly and professionally. This is exactly what has happened in this incident.

“Mr White complained to the police about the incident in Braehead. In his statement he set out a set of circumstances that has caused widespread debate, comment and criticism for those who he alleged were involved. Mr White chose to make his complaint public, to give interviews to the media and to seek debate on social networks.

“We are well aware that, as a result of this social media conversation, demonstrations are being planned this weekend at Braehead. We have also seen global media coverage of the incident – all of which has painted the shopping centre, this police force and, arguably, our country in a very negative light.

“It is because Mr White chose to seek publicity for his account of events and because of the planned demonstration that we feel compelled to take the unusual step of making our findings public.

“In reaching our conclusions, officers took statements from a number of independent witnesses and viewed the substantial amount of CCTV that was available in the centre.

“On reviewing all of this objective evidence, I have to tell you that we can find no basis to support the complaint which Mr.White has elected to make.

“The members of the public who asked for the security staff to become involved have told us that they did so for reasons which had absolutely nothing to do with him taking photographs of his daughter. They had a very specific concern, which I am not in a position to discuss publicly, that they felt the need to report. It was because of this very specific concern that security staff became involved. They were right to raise their concern and we are glad that they did so.

“The security staff were the ones who asked for police involvement. Again, this was not because Mr White said he had been photographing his daughter, but was due to the concerns that they themselves had regarding this particular incident.

“When our officers became involved they did not confiscate any items, nor was Mr White questioned under counter terrorist legislation. It is wrong to suggest that the police spoke to Mr White because he claimed he had been photographing his daughter, or that officers made any reference to counter terror legislation. Mr.White knows, or ought to know, why our officers spoke with him.

“Since Mr White chose to publish his version of events on Facebook, we have seen substantial traditional media and social media activity around the story. People have been very quick to offer their opinions on this issue and were very keen to accept Mr White’s story as the only evidence that was available. Clearly this was not the case.

“Social media allowed this story to spread quickly around the world. I hope that the same media allows this part of the tale to move just as quickly.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, we have fully investigated this incident and we can say that none of the independent and objective evidence presented to us by either the members of the public or the CCTV backs up the claims made by Mr White.”

Now read the artice in question

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Facebook : R.I.P. Mark Duggan

Facebook: Police Sacked For Facebook Posts

Facebook on a smart phone
Facebook use by police officers has led to 'a significant blurring' between personal and professional lives, a review has found. Photograph: Oleksiy Maksymenko/Alamy
At least two police officers have been sacked, seven have resigned and 150 faced disciplinary action after posting inappropriate photos or comments on Facebook in the past four years.

Officers used the social networking site, which has 30 million users in the UK, to harass former partners and ex-colleagues, comment on others' wives, and suggest they had beaten up members of the public during protests.

Some revealed details of police operations, tried to befriend victims of crime or were caught in inappropriate photographs, forces said.

The details, released to the Press Association after a Freedom of Information request, came as a review into police corruption found a "significant blurring" between officers' personal and professional lives on social networking sites which risked damaging the service's more

#MET #Corruption :Justice is impossible if we cannot trust police forces to tell the truth...

#MET : Murder And Corruption - A Timeline

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who hired Rees in 2005

Monday, December 26, 2011

#NotW - Police Prepared To Murder To Conceal Corruption Says NOTW Journalist

Appearing at the Leveson Inquiry, former News of the World reporter Paul McMullan made some damning allegations against Establishment figures.

The most damning of all was his ‘allegation’ that police officers are prepared to commit murder to prevent their corruption being exposed.

Was this an innuendo to the murder of Daniel Morgan? The slain private detective was about to expose extensive corruption in the Met ‘Police’ but was cut down with an axe before he opened his mouth.

The connections between corrupt cops and NOTW journo-crooks is well documented now and there is much more to come…

And Paul McMullan clearly knows a great deal more than he has let slip thus far. His style at Leveson was brash and arrogant. He could not conceal his outright contempt for the police.

Of course McMullan knows the ‘police’ only too well and his  arrest me if you dare attitude is borne of the fact that he knows where the bodies are buried as it were.

Should the public take him seriously? I would argue yes and my own attempts to expose institutionalised corruption inside Nottinghamshire ‘Police’ have convinced me that bent cops will do anything to conceal their crimes and that includes murder.

Trying to expose police corruption in Britain is a mammoth task. The press are not interested in exposing bent cops and News International have never been in that business.

The Home Office are just as bad and always take the side of their police puppets. The IPCC has a proven track record as a professional whitewash brigade and the public can have no faith in that exoneration ‘service’.

The only chance the public have to expose police corruption is through the medium of citizen journalism. It works but it is dangerous business and the ‘police’ will blacklist anyone who dares to expose their corruption. They prefer people to use the IPCC whitewash avenue but that is a complete waste of time.

I have great admiration for the family of Daniel Morgan and their tireless campaign for justice. Citizen journalism by Alastair Morgan through blogging and social media has kept his murdered brother’s memory fresh in the public domain.

As much as I find many of Paul McMullan’s stunts revolting, I respect his complete honesty about police corruption and the crimes of his News International bosses.

It should be noted that Operation Weeting yesterday arrested a 17th journalist suspected of phone hacking but to date the MPS have not arrested one bent copper for taking bribes from newspapers….

Friday, December 23, 2011

#UKRiots A Publicity Stunt ? Cameron Left The Country After Giving The Order to Kill A Black Known Troublemaker...Is That How It was ? Enter FREEMASON Bill Bratton Well Known Racist !

England riots: all-night courts praised, but were they a publicity stunt?

We need help from those involved in dealing with riot cases who are willing to be interviewed for phase two of the Reading the Riots research
Highbury magistrates court, which was visited by the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, during an all-night sitting to deal with rioting. Photograph: Felix Clay
The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, made a morale-boosting visit to Highbury magistrates court, north London, at about 4am during one of its night sittings at the height of the August riots, and later praised the efficient response to the disorder.

In the appeal court judgment on riot sentences (which generally upheld the lower courts' ruling), the lord chief justice praised the "committed and dedicated" way in which courts rose to the challenge of the riots – and singled out those which had sat through the night.

Those positive views are not universally shared, however. One Tottenham-based solicitor, who was "on his feet for 36 hours", at two London magistrates courts dealing with riot cases, says the DPP might have gained a different impression if his trip to Highbury had included a visit to the cells under the court.

Rather than finding efficiency under pressure, he would have witnessed near chaos and conditions verging on the unsanitary, as prisoners were crammed three to a cell with no toilet facilities.

"The CPS was totally disorganised. I saw an argument between two prosecutors who were working over night at one point," says the solicitor.
"Things weren't much better in the courts, defendants were remanded in custody on the basis of no evidence, with the judges rubber stamping prosecution applications and all but ignoring the safeguards of the Bail Act", he adds.

Others dismissed the night courts as a political stunt, which only increased the sense of panic and served little useful purpose.

Malcolm Fowler, who practises in Birmingham, says his local magistrates court is generally so under worked it could have accommodated the riot cases in regular sessions.

"By mid-morning on most days, you would expect to see tumbleweed drifting down the court corridors; so bereft of work is the judiciary. For once the courts might have been operating at something approaching their full capacity."
The initial response of the courts and police to the riots can be characterised as "chaos on stilts", he adds.

A London defence solicitor, Julian Young, agrees there was no need for the extended sittings. The riot cases could easily have been divvied up in courts across London.

Young said chaos reigned at a City of Westminster magistrates court all night sitting from midnight until 6.30am.

It was all but impossible for defence solicitors to counter CPS objections to bail, such as by providing approved bail addresses.

The response of the courts was not robust efficiency, but one of "blind panic" from the judges and prosecutors, says Young.

Since the riots, most comment on the criminal justice system's response has focused on the level of sentencing, with some critics – including prosecutors — concerned that defendants who played a minor role were given disproportionately harsh sentences.

What has received far less attention is the wider implications for justice. Some fear the unchallenged claim that the night courts were a success will revive the idea of twilight sittings as a regular feature – an idea long opposed by the Law Society.

Fowler says: "Unless we remain vigilant, all the bad features of riot case process and courts will be foisted upon us as a desirable template, with rule of law and due process concerns swept aside as so much tedious sophistry."
The next phase of the Guardian/LSE's Reading the Riots research aims to unravel how the criminal justice system responded and what lessons can be learned.

The research will include in depth interviews with those at the sharp end of its response. There will also be a series of "town hall-style" meetings with the communities worst affected by the worst bout of civil unrest for a generation.
Phase one of the research has prompted a national review of the way police use stop and search, after findings that anger at the police was a significant factor in fuelling the disorder.

Speaking at the Guardian/LSE Reading the Riots conference, the home secretary Theresa May said: "I strongly believe that stop and search should be used proportionately, without prejudice, and with the support of local communities … and I have asked the Association of Chief Police Officers to look at best practice on stop and search."

After interviewing 270 rioters in phase one, phase two will include interviews with police officers – from command level to those on the front line – as well with the judiciary, prosecutors and defence lawyers.

The Reading the Riots team would like to hear from those in the criminal justice system who had substantial involvement in dealing with riot cases and are willing to take part in a confidential research interview.

#Leicester Police #Freemasons

#Staffordshire : More Bent Cops On A Killing Spree Of Black People !

Four top police officers investigated for misconduct over gangland killing

  • Four include Northamptonshire Police Authority chief constable Adrian Lee who is head of Association of Chief Police Officers' ethics portfolio

Gangland killing: Amateur footballer Kevin Nunes was gunned down in a country lane in 2002
Gangland killing: Amateur footballer Kevin Nunes was gunned down in a country lane in 2002
Four senior police officers, including the lead on police ethics, are being investigated over allegations of misconduct relating to their work on a gangland killing case.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission will look into the handling of an investigation by Staffordshire Police into the murder of amateur footballer Kevin Nunes, 20, who was gunned down in a country lane in 2002.
Five men were jailed in connection with the killing in 2008.
The IPCC confirmed that formal notice of investigation had been served on 'a number of former and serving Staffordshire Police officers'.
Last night, The Guardian suggested the allegations related to concerns over potentially important evidence being withheld from the prosecution during the trial.


Northamptonshire Police Authority confirmed that its force's chief constable Adrian Lee and deputy chief constable Suzette Davenport were being investigated.
Mr Lee is also the head of the Association of Chief Police Officers' ethics portfolio.
Under investigation: Chief constable Adrian Lee is one of four senior police officers under the microscope by the IPCC
Under investigation: Chief constable Adrian Lee is one of four senior police officers under the microscope by the IPCC
The other two senior officers involved in the probe are understood to be Jane Sawyers, assistant chief constable at Staffordshire Police, and Marcus Beale, assistant chief constable at West Midlands Police.
Nunes, a drug dealer who had been on the books of Tottenham Hotspur, was shot dead in an execution style killing after a gang dispute.
His killers, Levi Walker, Antonio Christie, Adam Joof, Michael Osbourne and Owen Crooks were all jailed for life after being found guilty of murder by a jury at Leicester Crown Court.
The IPCC investigation was launched after the men lodged an appeal with the court of appeal, which asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to investigate.
The CCRC subsequently referred the case to the IPCC.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police Authority said Chief Constable Adrian Lee and Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport had not been suspended and that 'we wish them to continue driving the force forward in these challenging times.'
A Staffordshire Police Authority spokesman stressed that the notices of investigation were 'not judgmental in any way' and did not indicate wrongdoing.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mark Duggan: IPCC -Statement intended to be read out to HM Coroner at pre-inquest hearing into death of Mark Duggan

​12 December 2011 

The purpose of this short investigation summary is to update the Coroner as to the progress of the IPCC investigation into the death of Mark Duggan. 
The investigation is not complete and there are related criminal proceedings.  Consequently, the IPCC (following liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service) has given very careful consideration to what information can be given to the Coroner and the Properly Interested Persons at this time without running the risk of compromising its investigation and/or the related criminal proceedings.

The incident
On 4 August 2011 at 6.13pm Mark Duggan was fatally shot by an officer of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) CO19 specialist firearms command.
Further to statutory obligations under the Police Reform Act, shortly before 7:20pm on 4 August 2011, the MPS notified the IPCC of the shooting. The IPCC immediately determined that it would carry out an independent investigation into the incident.
Terms of reference were subsequently drawn up and include investigating the circumstances surrounding the police contact with Mark Duggan, in particular:
• the actions of any officer firing shots on 4 August 2011; and
• the planning, decision- making and implementation of the police operation.
During the evening of 4 August 2011, IPCC investigators were deployed to both the scene at Ferry Lane, Tottenham, where the incident took place, and to the Post Incident Procedure. 
Main lines of enquiry
The Post Mortem was carried out on Friday 5 August 2011 at Haringey Public Mortuary by Home Office pathologist Dr Simon Poole and the cause of death was given as a gun shot wound to the chest.  A further bullet struck Mark Duggan’s upper right arm.
Two police issue bullets and two police issue shell casings were forensically recovered at the scene.  Forensic testing subsequently showed that both bullets and shell casings were fired from a single CO19 officer’s MP5 carbine.

A non-police issue firearm was recovered from the scene complete with magazine containing one improvised round. Forensic examination has found that this weapon was capable of being discharged.

All 11 CO19 officers provided detailed statements following the incident.  They were completed on 7 August and received by the IPCC on 8 August.  The Strategic Firearms Commander, the Tactical Firearms Commander and other police officers involved in the operation, have also provided statements to the IPCC.

IPCC resources have been deployed in an effort to acquire evidence from other witnesses who may have seen the incident.

• On 5 August 2011, leaflets were distributed throughout the nearby student accommodation and residential premises in the area.  These buildings were chosen because some of their windows over-looked the incident and because residents of these buildings may have been in the vicinity.  These leaflets requested that any person with any information contact the IPCC.

• On the 11 August 2011, the seven day anniversary after the shooting, IPCC investigators attended Ferry Lane with appeal boards displayed. Persons were stopped and spoken to and asked if they had witnessed events. Further leaflets were distributed and details of six individuals were taken for follow up visits from the IPCC.

• Appeal posters were subsequently placed in the buses that used the route through Ferry Lane as well at bus stations and the local underground.

• Sixty commercial premises were visited in the area in an attempt to trace two specific witnesses. Leaflets were distributed. In addition a local church was visited where leaflets were given out at relevant services.

• Further appeals for witnesses took place on two successive Thursdays in October where over 1000 further appeal leaflets were given out.

• An extensive trawl for CCTV has been undertaken.  Numerous cameras have been identified and the camera owners have been approached to allow seizure of potentially relevant CCTV. 

This footage has been seized for logging and viewing at IPCC premises.  It was established that two buses were in Ferry Lane at the time of the incident - the 123 and W4.  CCTV was obtained from the buses and all of the material was viewed and logged.  None of the footage, both from the buses and from other CCTV, shows the incident although hundreds of hours were invested in the viewing.

• In order to attempt to identify independent witnesses, images were obtained from the CCTV which showed individuals either on the buses or within the vicinity. As a consequence, 4 – 6 IPCC Investigators rode on the buses and stood at bus stops with a view to identifying the individuals. This was carried out for 3 weeks and identified some people, but none actually saw the incident.

• Enquiries were carried out with Transport for London (Tfl) to identify those persons with registered Oyster cards that had travelled on the relevant buses.  No witness has been identified through this process thus far. 

• Construction contractors providing workmen for the ‘Hale Village’ building site on Ferry Lane, have been approached to identify any workmen who may have been ‘on-site’ at the time of the incident.  Swipe access data has been reviewed for this purpose, contractors approached and relevant witnesses spoken with and statements obtained.

Attempts to identify witnesses are continuing. 

Forensic analysis
A number of items that were recovered from the scene and from the post mortem were submitted for forensic analysis.  The relevant examinations include analysis for evidence of fingerprints, DNA, gunshot residue, fibre analysis and toxicology.
Mobile phones were forensically interrogated and data retrieved.

Further lines of enquiry
As part of the investigative process, as evidence is gathered from various sources, statements already provided are reviewed and assessed to see whether witnesses need to be asked to clarify their evidence.  To this end, the IPCC has written to the solicitor acting for the principal CO19 officer and the representative of the other CO19 officers, and requested that the CO19 officers attend IPCC offices for interviews - which would be tape recorded.  The intention, subject to MPS operational commitments, would be to complete the interviews by the end of January 2012.

The IPCC has engaged a specialist company to undertake a reconstruction of the shooting incident by means of a 3 dimensional computer generated model. To assist with this we have obtained from Italy a similar jacket to that worn by Mr Duggan at the time of the incident.  The intention of this work is to establish, if possible, the positioning of the CO19 officers in relation to Mark Duggan.

The main emphasis of the investigation to date has been to concentrate on the events within Ferry Lane.  However, material has also been collated relating to the planning, command decision-making and implementation of the police operation and the IPCC investigation will be analysing this material.  

An Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) nominated advisor, trained and operationally competent in the command of firearms operations, has been engaged and briefed to provide an expert report as to the strategy and tactics used by the MPS officers during the course of the operation.

Once all this work has been completed, the IPCC lead investigator and his team can write the final report and submit it to the IPCC Commissioner as per the provisions of the Police Reform Act. 

Related criminal proceedings
On 24 November 2011, a male appeared before Waltham Forest Magistrates’ Court charged with the following 3 offences:

1. Section 16A and Schedule 6 to the Firearms Act 1968
On 29 July 2011 at a premises in Hackney E8, the Defendant had in his possession a firearm, namely a Bruni handgun, with intent to cause the victim to believe unlawful violence would be used against him.

2. Section 47 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861
On 29 July 2011 at a premises in Hackney E8, the Defendant assaulted the victim thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm.

3. Section 5(1)(aba) and Schedule 6 of the Firearms Act 1968
On a day between the 28 July 2011 and the 5 August 2011 under the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court without the authority of the Secretary of state, sold or transferred a firearm, namely a Bruni handgun which was less than 30cm long.

The Defendant was remanded in custody and sent to Snaresbrook Crown Court for a Plea and Case Management Hearing in February 2012.

These criminal proceedings are being dealt with by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Crown Prosecution Service and the IPCC is, quite properly, not privy to the detail. 

However, the IPCC has received a disclosure request from the MPS officers investigating the offences – which is being considered by the IPCC.  Furthermore, the IPCC is in close liaison with the CPS lawyer with conduct of the prosecution to ensure that disclosure within the IPCC investigation does not prejudice the criminal proceedings.  The CPS lawyer has confirmed to the IPCC that in relation to charge 3, the Prosecution’s case, at present, is that the Defendant sold or transferred the firearm to Mark Duggan.
Target date for completion of the IPCC investigation
Regrettably, the scope of the investigation is such that it is unlikely that the 6 month target date for completion will be met.  The IPCC now estimates that the investigation will be completed in April 2012.