source: The IPCC
published: 2 March 2016
Former Metropolitan Police commander Richard Walton and former detective inspector Robert Lambert would both have had a case to answer for misconduct if they were still serving officers, an IPCC investigation has found.
Three other former officers, including former commander Colin Black were found to have no case to answer as part of the same investigation.
The IPCC examined allegations that, during the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry in 1998 Richard Walton, then an acting detective inspector, met with an undercover officer and obtained information pertaining to the Lawrence family and their supporters, potentially undermining the Inquiry and public confidence.
The IPCC investigated the circumstances surrounding the meeting between Richard Walton and the undercover officer from the MPS Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) known as N81.
As part of that investigation, Lambert, Black and two other former officers were identified as potentially playing a part in arranging the meeting.