Murdered Stephen Lawrence’s brother has criticized police over the controversial race report and response to the Sarah Everard wake.
Stuart Lawrence expressed his disappointment with the Met Police’s actions in recent weeks, saying he wondered whether he should continue to provide advisory work to the police.
Mr. Lawrence even claimed that the Met Police have yet to learn from the racially motivated murder of his brother in 1993.
The 44-year-old, who was 16 when Stephen was stabbed to death by thugs at a bus stop, said he was shocked by the police response to the Sarah Everard wake in Clapham.
Met police faced harsh criticism after the vigil for 33-year-old Sarah Everard fell into chaos, with officers holding women down and activists alleging they used inappropriate violence.
In Big Issue magazine, Mr. Lawrence said, “I do a little consultancy work for the Met Police.
Stuart Lawrence (pictured), brother of murdered Stephen Lawrence, has criticized police over controversial race report and response to the Sarah Everard wake
Stuart (right) says the recent controversy surrounding the Met has made him question whether the police have learned anything since his brother’s racially motivated murder (left)
‘I try to help them but things keep happening that make me go, why should I? Why should I try to help?
“I went to police headquarters and heard that they were being sworn in. It does say that we serve and protect the public. That’s what they take an oath to.
And then you see scenes like that coming out of Clapham [at the Sarah Everard vigil], and you think: how do you serve and protect us? ‘
Mr. Lawrence said, “there are good people in the police force trying to make a difference,” but that “it only takes one or two to give the impression that there are problems.”
He also said the Met Police have still not accepted the issues since his brother’s death.
Mr. Lawrence said, “When Sir William Macpherson delivered his report, Sir Paul Condon [then Commissioner of the Met Police] never accepted that the Met Police was institutionally racist.
The Met came under fire for handling a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard who went missing and was later found dead. Pictured: A woman was arrested during the vigil last month
Police officers form a cordon and benefactors turn on their phone flashlights and gather at a kiosk where a scheduled vigil would be canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions
‘I tell my son all the time, if you do something wrong or make a mistake, don’t lie. Tell the truth. We can deal with it and then we can move on.
Condon hadn’t admitted it. So when Cressida Dick comes out and says “we are no longer institutionally racist,” I start scratching my head.
When did you say you were institutionally racist? When was that point so we could draw the line in the sand and say, “There it was and now we’re moving forward from this point”? That’s what had to be done. It hasn’t happened yet. ‘
Mr. Lawrence’s comments come after the controversy surrounding the Met’s handling of a vigil for 33-year-old Sarah Everard who went missing and was found dead last month.
The event lapsed into chaos with scenes showing agents restraining women during the rally in what has been described as a “ PR disaster. ”
However, a review by the Chief Inspector of Police confirmed the officers’ actions, as he found that the event risked the spread of Covid.
Hundreds of people gathered last month during a peaceful vigil for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common in South London. Pictured: Patsy Stevenson is being held by police officers during the vigil
Meanwhile, a historic race report found the UK to be a ‘beacon of diversity’ and found no evidence that the country is ‘institutionally racist’.
The paper, published by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, said geography, family influence, socioeconomic background, culture and religion all affect life chances more than racism.
Stuart’s mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, has previously criticized the report, saying that the authors of the report are “out of touch with reality.”
Baroness Lawrence was awarded a peer in 2013 after campaigning for justice for her son Stephen, who died in 1993 after a racially motivated attack in south-east London.
Speaking last week at a public event organized by the Stephen Lawrence Research Center at De Montfort University Leicester, she said, “ When I first heard about the report, my first thought was that it [the fight against] racism back 20 years or more. ‘
Baroness Lawrence continued, “They (the authors of the report) are essentially out of touch with reality.
Baroness Lawrence (pictured) said race report authors are ‘out of touch with reality’
‘It boils down to that. If you are privileged, you don’t have those experiences.
‘My son was murdered because of racism and you shouldn’t forget that. Once you start hiding it, it will give the green light to racists.
‘You imagine what will happen tomorrow. What will happen to our young people on the street? You give racists the green light. ‘
Stephen, an 18-year-old A-level student, was murdered in Eltham, south-east London, in April 1993.
However, a failed police investigation meant that no arrests were made for two weeks after his death.
Following a DNA breakthrough, Dobson, now 45, and Norris, now 43, were found guilty of stabbing the teenager in 2012.
Under the supervision of Chairman Dr. Tony Sewell, the findings of the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Inequalities were labeled a ‘whitewash’ by the left but welcomed by other campaigners.
They had been identified as suspects within 48 hours of the April 1993 stabbing. Others were never charged.
Ministers have been dealing with a reaction to the race report since its publication, with Mr. Johnson’s top black adviser, Samuel Kasumu, retiring, despite No. 10 insisting his departure had “ absolutely nothing to do ” with the report.
The race report, which was months in the making and was prepared by a group of 12 experts – only one of whom was white – concluded that there was no evidence of institutional racism in this country.
Under the supervision of Chairman Dr. Tony Sewell, the findings were labeled “whitewash” by the left but welcomed by other campaigners.
The report, commissioned by the prime minister following last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, said Britain is no longer a country where “the system has been deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities.”
The report said that factors such as geography, family influence, socioeconomic background, culture and religion all influenced life chances more than racism, and concluded that the UK was a ‘beacon’ to the world as a successful multi-ethnic nation that showed more. tolerance than its neighbors.
But unions said the report denies the experiences of black and ethnic minority workers.
The report’s authors were also accused of trying to put a “ positive spin on slavery ” after calling on schools to use history lessons to “ tell the multiple, nuanced stories of the contributions of various groups that this have made land the land it is. today’.
Yesterday, Dr Sewell, who insisted that the commission had simply found no evidence of institutional racism in Britain, that some communities were haunted by historical racism and that there was a ‘reluctance to acknowledge that the UK had become more open and fair. ‘.
He said the review found some evidence of bias, but often it was a perception that wider society could not be trusted.