Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, yesterday spoke at the London Assembly, answering questions over undercover officers having sex with targets and members of the public. You can see the video here.
His comments and attitude fall well short of the assurances we are seeking over current practices.
To reiterate: “We call for a clear and unambiguous statement that the abuse has ceased, and will never, in any circumstances, be permitted.” – see Where We Stand.
Hogan-Howe’s comments are not the statement we are calling for. It was not the reassurance that the public is owed. Far from it.
Note: The eight women bringing this legal action are doing so to highlight and prevent the continuation of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers.