Murder of Stephen Lawrence

Macpherson: What Happened Next

20 years on from the publication of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, how much has changed?
In April 1993, a black teenager, Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack in the London suburb of Eltham. The Metropolitan Police bungled the investigation into his killers.  The Inquiry which followed by Sir William Macpherson produced one of the most damning documents ever to emerge from the heart of the British establishment. Most famously, he concluded the force was “institutionally racist” issuing wide ranging recommendations for reform.   20 years on, barrister and broadcaster Hashi Mohamed, examines what’s changed since the MacPherson report was published.  What difference did it really make? 

The programme includes the first broadcast interview with Sir William Macpherson for nearly 20 years.    

Producer: Jim Frank

The MacPherson Report: 20 Years On

We meet three fathers and their sons to discuss the report's impact and legacy
This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Macpherson report, which controversially found the Metropolitan Police to be "institutionally racist." The inquiry examined the bungled police investigation of the murder of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death in a racist attack in London in 1993. The report was damning about the Met's failings - and critical of the policing of black citizens nationally. Ahead of the anniversary, Reeta Chakrabarti spoke to three fathers and their sons about the report's impact and legacy.

Met Police 'no longer institutionally racist'

Cressida Dick

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick says the legacy of Stephen Lawrence will not be forgotten 20 years on from a damning report that branded the Metropolitan Police institutionally racist.

Currently 14% of Met officers are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME).

The Met's HR department found that it would take 100 years to match the proportions of the population of London if it continued to recruit at current rates.

Ms Dick said she does not believe the force is institutionally racist.

She added: "I simply don't see it as a helpful or accurate description.

"This is an utterly different Metropolitan Police."