Undercover police spied on grieving families

Undercover Hidingsource: The Guardian
published: 23 July 2014

Undercover police gathered intelligence on grieving families who were battling the Metropolitan police for justice, including the relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, Cherry Groce and Ricky Reel.

Police have approached the three families, inviting them to discuss their findings. The meeting with Reel’s relatives has already taken place and they were told they had been subject to “inappropriate” surveillance.

Scotland Yard claimed that the families were not the target of the operations but information on them was gathered and wrongly retained as part of the covert infiltration of political groups.

The revelations come as an internal police investigation into the Met’s undercover Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) is poised to severely criticise the force for a lack of regard to the rules and law covering the deployment of undercover officers.

The report, to be published on Thursday will say that the information collected by the controversial undercover unit “served no purpose in preventing crime or disorder”.

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