Police spying claims spark outrage in UK

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London's Metropolitan police have been implicated in recent years in various corruption scandals, such as the phone-hacking which saw the end of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World Newspaper. Allegations of racism have hounded the force ever since a government inquiry dubbed it 'institutionally racist', following the poor handling of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993. 2 of his killers were jailed in 2012, almost 2 decades after the murder, but the rest of the suspects remain free. But now, explosive new allegations in a British newspaper assert that the Metropolitan police spied on the Lawrence family and their supporters in order to find so called 'dirt' against their reputation. Former undercover officer Peter Francis says that he was part of a police operation to smear the reputation of the family because their campaign for justice was seen as too critical of the police. The revelations have caused outrage and have prompted Prime minister David Cameron to call for a probe. Mark Ellison, the barrister in charge of the wider inquiry, has now been tasked with getting to the bottom of these allegations. But not everyone is convinced by this new announcement. Rather than investigate the killing of Mr Lawrence, the Metropolitan police dedicated valuable time and resources to slander his family instead. Should these allegations be verified, it could be a fatal blow to the already-devastated reputation of the police in London. http://www.presstv.ir/

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