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British activist gets $681,000 settlement after learning baby’s father was undercover cop

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British police are to pay compensation to woman who had a child with a man she did not know was an undercover agent, the Guardian and BBC reported.

The £425,000 ($681,000, 539,000 euros) payment follows a legal battle by several women who say they were tricked into having relationships with officers sent to spy on political activists.

Known only as “Jacqui”, the woman said she had received psychiatric treatment since discovering the true identity of her child’s father in a newspaper in 2012.

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“He presented himself as Bob Robinson, a long-haired leftwing radical,” the woman known as “Jacqui” told the Guardian.

“In reality he was a member of a secret police unit, the special demonstration squad, and was embarking on a five-year mission to infiltrate environmental and animal rights groups.”

The man disappeared from her life when the child was two years old, going back to his original wife, children and identity.

Now an academic, he was one of several officers who had undercover roles as part of the now-defunct special demonstration squad between 1968 and 2008.

He was confronted in 2012 at a conference by members of London Greenpeace, who said he had infiltrated their group in the 1980s as it campaigned on nuclear and environment issues.

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Police later acknowledged that he had been an undercover officer.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the force “unreservedly apologises for any pain and suffering that the relationship” caused.

However, it added that it “never had a policy that officers can use sexual relations for the purposes of policing”.
In August, four former officers in the squad were told they would not face criminal charges for forming sexual relationships with women while undercover.

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Several other legal claims relating to undercover officers are ongoing.

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Pope Francis struck with unknown illness one day after expressing solidarity with coronavirus sufferers

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Just one day after expressing solidarity and support for coronavirus sufferers, Pope Francis has come down with a virus himself, forcing him to cancel a planned mass in Rome, the New York Post reports.

The unknown illness struck the Pope while the coronavirus spreads across Italy. According to CNN, Italian authorities have cordoned off areas where more than 50,000 people live in an attempt to prevent further outbreaks. Around 400 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Italy, and 12 have died.

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Church is denying First Communion to our son because he has autism, family says

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‘Rich people have profited enough’: New poll shows two-thirds of Americans support wealth tax to combat inequality

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Support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality in the U.S. is growing, according to a new poll released Wednesday by TheHill/HarrisX which found that just over two-thirds of Americans favor a tax on the wealthiest households.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents—including majorities of Democrats and Independents—said there should be a wealth tax on billionaires, as Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have proposed.

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