Friday, January 21, 2011
The Metropolitan police was forced to admit today that one of its senior commanders gave false information to MPs when he denied having plain-clothes officers in the crowd at the G20 demonstrations in London in 2009.
Giving evidence to the House of Commons home affairs committee a month after the protest – in which thousands of demonstrators clashed with police – Commander Bob Broadhurst insisted there were no plain-clothes officers among the crowd, saying it would have been too dangerous to do so.
But committee chairman Keith Vaz last week wrote to the Met's commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson after questions arose about Cmdr Broadhurst's evidence in the wake of the unmasking of undercover policeman Mark Kennedy, who attended many demonstrations during seven years living as a spy among green activists.'
Posted by DotConnector at 10:10