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The trial of six green campaigners has collapsed after an undercover policeman who had infiltrated their group offered to give evidence on their behalf.
The six were charged with conspiring to shut down the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottingham in 2009.
The case was due to start on Monday, but was abandoned after Pc Mark Kennedy contacted the defence team to say he would be prepared to help them.
The prosecution subsequently dropped their case.
He turned up with long hair, tattoos and an insatiable appetite for climbing trees. Few people suspected anything odd of the man who introduced himself as Mark Stone on a dairy farm turned spiritual sanctuary in North Yorkshire.....
....All were, of course, oblivious that Kennedy was feeding back detailed reports to his police commanders as he participated in, and sometimes even organised, some of the most high-profile demonstrations of the past decade.
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Originally posted by TheWill
While his being in the thick of things would suggest an agent provocateur, it, combined with his defection to their side of the court-case, suggests to me that it was just good old personal integrity. Bobby found a cause that spoke to him above and beyond his job and, although he carried on doing said job, eventually decided to give said career a two-fingered salute and stand up for what he believed in.
It's not entrapment if you participate or help. It's entrapment if you come up with the idea of doing it and convince them to. If you give money, time, or means to commit an offense it's called being an accessory. Encouraging or being passive in not stopping the offense is called "aiding and abetting" None of the actions mentioned are entrapment. This officer did not come up with the idea to commit the crime, he helped them get the means to do it. It's the same with the terrorism strikes they do in the US. They meet with people who want to commit terrorist acts, help them get the means to do it, ask them if they want to back out, and then watch them try to do it before arresting them... There's no entrapment. Sorry to burst your bubble! Magnum
One thing to remember is that the police doesn't work for one side or the other. Our job is to gather facts and evidence and present them to the prosecutor who will make a decision. It is not in our interest nor the interest of the public to pick sides for 2 simple reason:
1. You pick up the wrong guy and the real guy is still out,
2. Your bias can lead you to behave in a way which will taint the case and let the real guy off on technicalities.
and they wonder why the police are losing the public trust!