Stephen Lawrence’s brother in racism complaint against Met
Teacher Stuart Lawrence angry at constantly being stopped by police because he is black
THE BROTHER of murdered London teenager Stephen Lawrence has launched a racism complaint against the Metropolitan Police after claiming he has been continually harassed because of his colour.
Stuart Lawrence, a 35-year-old teacher, believes he is constantly targeted by police while driving his car because he is black.
His brother Stephen was murdered in a racist attack in April 1993. A 1998 inquiry concluded that the Metropolitan Police were "institutionally racist" after botched efforts to deal with the murder. It took until last year to bring his killers to justice – and then only two of the gang who stabbed him to death.
Now Stuart Lawrence has told the Daily Mail that he has been pulled over 25 times in his car over the years for "no apparent reason and without any justification".
Lawrence's lawyers have sent a letter of complaint to the Met commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, outlining his ordeal and including the names of the officers involved in the most recent stop-and-search incident – in Peckham, south London on 16 November 2012.
After asking why he had been stopped, Lawrence said one of the officers replied that he had been "naturally suspicious" of him.
Lawrence said: "I am being targeted because of the colour of my skin. Whenever I have been stopped, I have never subsequently been charged with anything, and nothing has ever been found to be wrong with my car."
Met deputy commissioner, Craig Mackey said: "This is a very serious matter and it will be investigated thoroughly and speedily."
A few weeks ago, David Cameron and Nick Clegg wrote to Stephen's mother, Doreen, to assure her the coalition was doing all it could for ethnic minorities, reports the Daily Telegraph.
However, recent research shows that black people are six times more likely to be stopped by police than white people, says The Guardian.