Murder of Stephen Lawrence
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Four former senior Met Police officers who were involved in the original investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence have been referred to the CPS for possible charges relating to misconduct in public office.
The report said all four officers were in senior roles at various times during the first few weeks of the investigation.
This comes after a six-year investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
The former superintendent in the Metropolitan police says police culture is going backwards.
Neville Lawrence says he'll never give up fighting for 'full justice' for his murdered son Stephen.
By Calum Leslie
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A new drama about the murder of Stephen Lawrence will be set 13 years after the teenager was killed and will depict his parents' fight for justice.
Stephen, which has been commissioned by ITV, will be a three-part sequel to 1999's The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence and will portray events from 2006.
It will tell the story of the ongoing struggle by his parents Doreen and Neville Lawrence to achieve justice and how a detective, DCI Clive Driscoll - working closely with the Lawrences - put together an investigation that finally secured the convictions of two of the gang who committed the murder, more than 18 years later.
Their son was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall Road, Eltham, south-east London, on 22 April, 1993.
The original investigation had failed to convict those responsible, and the campaign for justice by the Lawrences led to a public inquiry which branded the Metropolitan Police institutionally racist and brought about sweeping changes in the law and police practices.
However, six years on from the inquiry, no progress had been made in the case.
Mr Lawrence said: "I welcome the announcement of this new TV series by ITV, made with members of the same team who wrote and produced the 1999 original drama.
"That first film was important in telling Stephen's story. It is important that the next part of the story is told, particularly at a time when, thanks to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign, concerns around institutional racism are so prominent.
"The recent BLM protests have served to remind people that black men and women continue to be subjected to racially motivated attacks. It was true when Stephen was killed and it still happens.
"It has always been my view that the most powerful response to racism is non-violent resistance and I am heartened to see people from all backgrounds who have come together peacefully across the country to show they will not tolerate racist attitudes. I hope this new film will further help raise awareness."
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Black people are still treated as second-class citizens in Britain, Stephen Lawrence's father has said.
Twenty-seven years after his son was killed in a racist attack by a gang of white youths in Eltham, Dr Neville Lawrence has thrown his support behind anti-racism protests in the UK following the killing of George Floyd in the US.
In an interview with The Guardian, Dr Lawrence said the global demonstrations were necessary because people of colour were still being treated as second-class citizens "not only in this country but all over the world".
After the original police investigation into Stephen's death was hampered by prejudice, incompetence and alleged corruption, the subsequent Macpherson Report into the 18-year-old's case concluded the police were guilty of "institutional racism".
Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick last year declared this was no longer true, saying "this is an utterly different Metropolitan Police."
But Dr Lawrence said he believes promises of police reform following the Macpherson Report have not been kept.
"We should not be talking about it 21 years later," he said.
"They have fallen way, way short. Twenty-one years short."
Dr Lawrence added he "totally" disagreed with Dame Cressida's comments, citing 2019 figures showing the Met stopped and searched more black people than white, despite black people comprising just 12% of London's population and white people 59%."
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Baroness Doreen Lawrence will lead a review into the impact of coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, the Labour Party says.
The campaigner and mother of murdered London teenager Stephen Lawrence has been appointed as Labour's race relations adviser by leader Sir Keir Starmer.
The review will examine why the virus appears to disproportionately impact those from ethnic minority backgrounds.
The government has also commissioned an investigation into the issue.
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