Celia Stubbs, whose partner Blair Peach was killed by police 42 years ago, hopes her appearance at the Undercover Policing Inquiry will help her discover why she was spied on for decades.
Stubbs, 81, and still active politically by supporting refugees and asylum seekers, is among thousands of political activists that members of the London Metropolitan Police’s Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) highlighted for attention from 1968 onwards. Targets included women, with whom officers sometimes had relationships and children.
The investigation in to the shooting of Sean Fitzgerald by police in Coventry is still ongoing – two years after his death. Mr Fitzgerald suffered a a single gunshot wound to the chest as officers carried out a raid at an address on Burnaby Road, in Holbrooks, on January 4, 2019.
During the incident, the 31-year-old was shot by armed police. An investigation was launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which routinely investigates incidents which result in death following police contact.
White supremacists and other rightwing extremists have been responsible for 67% of domestic terror attacks and plots so far this year, with at least half of that violence targeting protesters, according to a new analysis from a centrist thinktank.
The report found only a single deadly “far-left” attack in 2020, the shooting of Aaron Danielson, a rightwing activist, by a self-described “anti-fascist” during a protest in Portland this August. Experts on extremism said this was the first killing linked to an anti-fascist in the United States in 25 years.
Violent rightwing actors were responsible for 41 politically motivated attacks and plots this year, while “far-left” actors were responsible for 12, according to analysts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who have assembled a database of domestic terror attacks going back to 1994.