Stephen Lawrence’s brother Stuart Lawrence has warned that the Metropolitan Police has not fully reckoned with institutional racism, 22 years after the Macpherson Report.
Stephen was murdered in a racially-motivated attack in 1993. The inquiry into the killing saw Sir William Macpherson report that the Metropolitan Police was ‘institutionally racist’.
“Sir Paul Condon [former Metropolitan Police Commissioner] never accepted that the Met police was institutionally racist,” said Lawrence.
“Condon didn’t own up to it. So, when Cressida Dick comes out and says, ‘We are no longer institutionally racist’, I start scratching my head.
“When did you say that you were institutionally racist? When was that point, so that we could draw the line in the sand and say, that’s where it was and now we’re moving forward from this point? That’s what needed to happen. It hasn’t happened yet.”
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