In today's Mail the brother of Stephen Lawrence claims he Is to sue the Met for police pulling him over In stop and checks...
Doreen Lawrence fought for twenty years to see Justice for her son but there Is another Injustice that I doubt many hear of. There are no national media campaigns, and little sympathy for her Mother, Karen who Is still fighting to get answers. But there are similarities to the Lawrence case In that due to the most appalling catalogue of police blunders, Karen will probably never see a re-trial In her life-time..
After an Inquiry by the IPCC :
The investigating team were guilty of a strategic and tactical failure in the management of the audio and video material they obtained, the IPCC concluded.
Proper records were not kept, material was not fully transcribed and the overall integrity of the material was not ensured.
The use of untrained and inexperienced officers in the inquiry was also criticised as was the way a human intelligence source was handled.
The IPCC recommended that one officer should face a disciplinary hearing, one should receive a written warning and five others should receive words of advice.
Two other officers who retired prior to the investigation cannot be considered for disciplinary sanctions. It has been recommended that the current role of another officer who retired during the investigation, but was then re-employed in a civilian capacity, be considered.
Assistant Chief Constable for Lancashire Police, Andy Cooke, said he acknowledged the findings.
He said: 'It is clear that certain aspects of the case have not been well managed - specifically during the time prior to the trial - and for this we must certainly apologise to the Downes family.
Naseem Malik, IPCC Commissioner for the North West, said: 'What is abundantly clear is that the covert surveillance aspect of Lancashire Constabulary's investigation into Charlene's disappearance was handled poorly and unprofessionally.
'The IPCC's managed investigation has identified a catalogue of errors which undermined the court case.'