Lawrence mum says no progress' ten years after Macpherson Report
PUBLISHED: 17:35 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:13 25 August 2010
STEPHEN Lawrence s mother has said there has been no progress in the disproportionate use of stop and search on black people.
STEPHEN Lawrence's mother has said there has been "no progress" in the disproportionate use of stop and search on black people.
Doreen Lawrence (pictured) made the claims on the 10th anniversary of the Macpherson report into her son's murder which branded the Metropolitan Police Service institutionally racist.
Mrs Lawrence questioned whether today's officers would react differently from those who encountered her son in 1993 after he had been stabbed by a racist gang at a bus stop in Eltham.
She said: "Would they see a guilty black man or would they see a young person bleeding on London's streets?
"What saddens me today is that, 15 years after the death of Stephen, there has been no long-term decrease in stop and search of black people. Black people are seven times more likely to be stopped. That is not progress.
"We are in danger of being complacent by lingering over the successes and forgetting the obstacles that we still need to overcome."
She spoke out on Tuesday (24) after hearing Justice Minister Jack Straw tell a conference that the institutional racism no longer applied to the Metropolitan Police.
But he added: "If you ask me, do I believe the MET is perfect as an institution and that black and Asian people, and indeed women, have the same opportunities in practice as white males, I think the answer is - probably not in some areas.
"There may still be pockets of institutional racism."
Meanwhile Duwayne Brooks, 33, from Lewisham, who was with his best friend Mr Lawrence when he got stabbed near a bus stop in Well Hall Road on April 22 1993, said there needs to be a point when the case is stopped being is talked about.
The Liberal Democrat who was elected to Lewisham council last Thursday (19) said: "We need to decide when we're going to stop talking about the Lawrence case.
"We could talk about it for years and years, but we all know what happened and we all know what the lessons are to be learned. Let's not keep going on about it."
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said: "We do not forget those who murdered Stephen have yet to be brought to justice and I can assure you that this case is not closed."