Stephen Lawrence’s father fears little has been done to curb street violence in the UK since his son was murdered more than 25 years ago.
Stephen, 18, was murdered as he was waiting for a bus in Eltham, south-east London, in 1993.
It took more than four years for an inquiry into his murder to be set up, and the subsequent report determined the initial police investigation had been ‘marred by a combination of professional incompetence, institutional racism and a failure of leadership’.
Stephen Lawrence, 18, was murdered in a racially motivated attack in 1993 (Picture: PA)The Macpherson Report made a total of 70 recommendations designed to show ‘zero tolerance’ towards racism in society and 67 of those led to a specific change of law within two years.
It then took nearly 20 years for two of Stephen’s killers to finally be brought to justice.
His father, Neville Lawrence, has now called for a new body to be brought in to ensure the report’s findings are implemented, on the 20th anniversary of its publication.
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‘But while it was mayhem then, it is actually worse now.
‘The report was Stephen’s legacy and crucial reform was brought in as a result. But that legacy is at risk as there is no steering group ensuring the report’s findings are carried out.
His father, Neville Lawrence, said he thinks violent crime is even worse now than it was 25 years ago (Picture: PA)‘Nobody is holding police forces to account and I think it is really important that a group is formed again to carry out this work.
‘The police could be paying lip service to the recommendations and we would never know.
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‘Black people also remain disproportionately the victims of violent crime.’
Earlier this week, Met commissioner Cressida Dick said she did not believe the force was racist, and that it had made progress following the Macpherson Report.
Doreen and Neville Lawrence have been commended for the change they brought to the Met Police (Picture: PA)The most senior BAME officer in the Met Police, Neil Basu, said today that the force ‘can do much, much more’ in the fight against racism.
He added that although much has been done to change the Met since 1993, ‘no police officer has changed the Metropolitan Police Service as much as Stephen’s parents, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Mr Neville Lawrence, did.’
‘They relentlessly held the Met to account for its failings in the investigation of their son’s tragic murder,’ he said.
‘They made sure the inquiry led by Sir William Macpherson took place, and since then they have continued to push for change.’