|Birth||21 September 1973|
Paul Manning, pseudonyms ‘Paul Wright’ and the ‘Englishman’ (born September 21, 1973), is a former Hamilton Police Service officer (Ontario, Canada), Metropolitan Police Service officer (London, UK) and Royal Military Police officer (UK) who worked undercover in an Ontario Provincial Police and Hamilton Police Service joint task force for 18 months, successfully infiltrating the Musitano crime family, Papalia crime family and the Hamilton Chapter of Hells Angels.
Manning alleges he was sold out by other serving officers affiliated with organized criminals whilst working undercover and an attempt made on his life by members of the Front Lines Bloods. He further alleges years of police corruption and cover-ups, most of which remain unproven or uninvestigated.
Manning was born in Accrington, Lancashire, UK, on September 21, 1973, attending Rhyddings High School. In 1993 he joined the Royal Military Police and the Metropolitan Police Service around 1998, immigrating to Canada in 2005, joining Hamilton Police Service sometime in summer 2005.
Manning was recruited to work undercover because of his previous, extensive undercover experience and he was a recent immigrant to Canada, therefore an unknown.
Manning's assignment was to infiltrate the James St North area of Hamilton, a tight-knit community of both residential properties and small businesses with strong Italian and Portuguese influences. Traditional organized crime has, and still continues to maintain a grip over the small community. Manning was to penetrate through deception, this historically difficult and extremely dangerous crime group. He was to gather evidence on offences for future prosecution, in an attempt to disrupt and dissuade further criminal activity.
Manning spent over a year living in the community, engaging in criminal acts. His cover was consistently tested; he was the victim of an attempted murder and would be subjected to mock executions in an attempt to ascertain if he was an undercover police officer. In late 2006 the operation was compromised due to an intelligence breach suffered by the Ontario Provincial Police.
In a $6.75 million lawsuit filed by Manning and his wife, Manning alleges he was sold out by other Hamilton Police Service officers, and that the operation was intentionally compromised to disguise that fact. He describes the uncovering and reporting of years of criminality on the part of serving and retired officers.
In the lawsuit Manning details his years of battling mental illness because of the assault and not only the lack of assistance from his senior management team, but their continued bullying of what can only be described as an officer turned whistleblower. It is unusual for a serving police officer to report criminality on the part of his or her colleagues for fear of alienation and workplace reprisals.
Manning was subsequently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder related to the attempted murder.
On May 28, 2016, a story, which mentions Manning's lawsuit, was published by The Hamilton Spectator indicating criminality on the part of a senior investigator at Hamilton Police Service, who subsequently killed himself. This investigator is not only mentioned in Manning's lawsuit, but the story somewhat corroborates what Manning alleges and directly accuses senior management at Hamilton Police Service of covering up wrongdoing.
The lawsuit was filed September 2015 and is still pending.