The report, published on Tuesday, of the Daniel Morgan independent panel is a remarkable and important document. Its examination of the brutal murder of Morgan, a private investigator, in south London in 1987 was expected to be revealing about the culture of London’s Metropolitan Police in the 1980s and 1990s. But what is sensational is the force of its criticisms of the Met today.
In essence, the panel shows not only how the Metropolitan Police was “institutionally corrupt” then, but also that the force is institutionally corrupt now. Indeed, the conduct of the police in obstructing the independent panel is just as alarming as the more historical examples.