Stephen Lawrence’s family targeted by police “smear campaign”, claims former undercover cop
PUBLISHED: 10:03 24 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:26 24 June 2013
An undercover police officer has claimed he tried to smear the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence to try and derail their campaign for justice.
Peter Francis, who was a former undercover cop with the Met turned whistleblower, told a national newspaper his superiors wanted him to find dirt that could be used against the Lawrence family, as well as Stephen’s friend Duwayne Brooks, who was with him the night he was killed on April 22, 1993 in Eltham and campaigners angry at the failure to bring his killers to justice.
Mr Lawrence’s mother Doreen said she was shocked and angry at the disclosure: “Out of all the things we’ve found out over the years, this has certainly topped it.”
Mr Francis said he has come forward because of the “morally reprehensible way in which undercover officers sometimes worked” and he is particularly angry his role was never discussed by the Macpherson Inquiry which found the police to be institutionally racist.
He claims senior officers deliberately chose to withhold the information from the inquiry and Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an immediate investigation into the allegations.
The Met would not confirm or deny the account given by Mr Francis, but admitted “the claims in relation to Stephen Lawrence’s family will bring particular upset to them and we share their concerns”.