We were set up to support the legal action by eight women deceived into long term intimate relationships with undercover police officers who were infiltrating environmental and social justice campaign groups. We continue to support these women in the remainder of their legal action, as well as through the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing.
In December 2011 eight women launched legal action against the Metropolitan Police and ACPO for the harm caused by undercover officers deceiving them into long term intimate relationships.
The women asserted that the actions of the Metropolitan police officers breached their human rights, subjecting them to inhumane and degrading treatment, and disrespecting their private and family life and their right to form relationships without unjustified interference by the state. The Metropolitan Police agreed that they had abused their human rights, in their full apology, which was part of the settlement of the case with seven of the women. These claims (those of Kate Wilson) are still being in the process of being investigated by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal – the secret court that oversees RIPA.
The women also brought claims for deceit, assault, misfeasance in public office and negligence. They sought to highlight and prevent the continuation of psychological, emotional and sexual abuse of campaigners and others by undercover police officers. These claims were conceded by the Metropolitan Police when they withdrew their defence.
Police Spies Out Of Lives is a support group for the women involved with this case. It is not a legal entity, but a loose affiliation of concerned individuals, friends, and family members of the eight women who are bringing the case.
As part of our support, we are exposing the immoral and unjustified practice of undercover relationships, and the institutional prejudices which have led to the abuse. We are calling for an unequivocal end to the practice, a full inquiry into the past, and changes to prevent it ever happening again.
We invite you to join us.