Exclusive: ‘End police’s right to silence on crimes’

Police Riding Helmetby: Yorkshire Post
published: 14 Dec 2013

Police officers should be sacked for failing to co-operate with inquiries into serious crimes, a member of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry panel has told the Yorkshire Post.

Dr Richard Stone, who was an adviser to Sir William Macpherson during his landmark inquiry into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, said he believes the right to silence is “not compatible with being a police officer”.

His comments come after this newspaper revealed that two officers who are believed to have authorised and led an “improper” surveillance operation at the inquest into the death of black former paratrooper Christopher Alder refused to answer questions when interviewed under caution as part of a criminal inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Five other officers, who were present when Mr Alder died on the floor of the custody suite of a Hull police station, refused to co-operate with a 2006 IPCC review of the case that had been ordered by the Home Secretary.

The review found the officers guilty of “unwitting racism” and the “most serious neglect of duty”.

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