Doreen Lawrence to call on watchdog to get tougher with corrupt police officers


Doreen Lawrenceoriginally by: The Independent
published: 17 July 2012

Doreen Lawrence is expected to be highly critical of the police watchdog and demand major reforms at a public hearing today, when the organisation’s record of making dishonest and incompetent officers accountable for their actions comes under scrutiny.

Mrs Lawrence, whose son, Stephen, was killed by a gang of white racists in 1993, has previously raised questions about the ability of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate wrongdoing because it employs former officers to carry out some of its work.

Mrs Lawrence – who will carry the Olympic Torch next week in recognition of her campaigning work – will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee of MPs, along with the new head of the IPCC, Dame Anne Owers, and lawyers representing people who have taken action against police.

She criticised the watchdog after its investigation into claims first made in a BBC Panorama documentary into whether corruption played a part in shielding her son’s killers during the original bungled police inquiry. The IPCC report found no evidence of corruption.

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