originally by: BBC News
published: 2 May 2012
Protesters have called for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to be replaced with a new body. They demonstrated outside the central London office of the IPCC, which they claim is dominated by former police officers.
Campaign4Justice claims the IPCC failed to deal with their cases fairly. The IPCC accepted “the current system does not always meet the needs of the public”.
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Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz has said they will hold an inquiry into the powers and future of the police watchdog.
Campaigners say a third of the watchdog’s investigators are former police officers, and therefore “there is no independence in it”.
Last week the watchdog called for new powers to make officers attend interviews if they witness a fatal shooting by colleagues, after it emerged that the IPCC has not interviewed any of the 31 officers present at the shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham last August.
Mr Duggan’s death was followed by rioting in London.