COPS: Pitchford Enquiry into undercover policing begins

Film length: 5:53

On Wednesday October 7, the Pitchford Enquiry into undercover policing began at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance (COPS) has brought together a number of groups and individuals who have been granted “core participant” status in the enquiry, who are all speaking with one voice: they want the truth about undercover policing in Britain and will not accept a whitewash.

It’s probably too much to expect justice from one arm of the state investigating another arm of the state, but at least a lot of the people who have been violated by the disgusting practises of undercover cops might find out the truth. In the 6 minute video above, a number of activists detail their own experiences of being spied on.

Watch a talk from core participant Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group giving more detail (Film length: 18:28):

and from Helen Steele, one of 8 women involved in a case against the police who had relationships with men they subsequently found out were undercover cops (Film length: 15:40):

Reel News will be following the enquiry throughout – keep checking back here, or like our Facebook page, for the latest developments.