Stephen Lawrence was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack on 22 April 1993. In the Guardian newspaper “Neville Lawrence said the police decision three years ago to close the investigation into the remaining gang members who escaped justice for the 1993 attack was made because black life was viewed as cheap”. If alive today Stephen would be in his fifties.
Nevelle is now in his 80’s also spoke about how the murder of his son cost him everything from his marriage to going from having a family and to living alone in a flat. He also told Sky News about the failing of the police and his mistrust in the police is “so strained he wouldn’t even call them if he needed help”.
Despite the Met police putting out a statement in which the Met admits “… letting “Black communities down. They feel over policed and under protected”. The Met Police Commissioner Sir. Mark Rowley still refuses to admit Met Police is ‘institutionally racist’, Neville Lawrence said he has no interest in meeting with him and “he does not trust the police to do their jobs”.
After Stephen’s death the family had to fight for 20 years to get any justice and for the killers to be sentenced for murder, with a police investigation found to be smeared with racism, not all the gang were prosecuted; when David Norris and Gary Dobson were jailed three other members of the gang were arrested but were never prosecuted, leaving the murderers to walk free.
Today Saturday 22 April, the Royal Borough of Greenwich invites residents to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence Day with a community event in Woolwich.
More of the Met Police statement reads:
Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said: “Thirty years on from Stephen’s murder, we offer our sympathies to the Lawrence family on their unimaginable loss. He was a dearly loved son and brother who was taken from them far too soon and in such senseless circumstances.
“Their dignified fight for justice, conducted in the pressure of the public eye with unwavering determination over so many years, continues to be a source of inspiration for us and so many.
“On behalf of the Metropolitan Police, I apologise again for our past failings which will have made the grief of losing a loved one all the more difficult to endure. Read full statement here:
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