Inquiry into alleged police plot to spy on Stephen Lawrence family expanded


Stephen Lawrence
Stephen Lawrence

source: The Guardian
published: 27 May 2015

An official watchdog has widened its investigation into police officers who were allegedly involved in a clandestine plot to spy on the family of Stephen Lawrence, the teenager murdered by a racist gang.

On Wednesday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) disclosed that two more officers have been placed under investigation.

The pair join three other officers – including a Scotland Yard commander – who were already being investigated. All five have been accused of gross misconduct.

The IPCC started its inquiry a year ago after an official review alleged that police had gathered “fascinating and valuable” intelligence from an undercover officer who was spying on the Lawrence family and their backers.

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