(1974-1993) a young black man who was murdered in Eltham, south London, in 1993 by a group of young white men. Five men were arrested,, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was not enoughevidence to bring them totrial. In 1996 Stephen's parents brought a privateprosecution for murder against the five men, but they were found not guilty. Mr and Mrs Lawrence also complained that the police had not carried out a properinvestigation into the murder because Stephen was black. Aninquiry was held and in 1999 itschairman Sir William Macpherson criticized the police in his report. He said there was institutional racism in the Metropolitan Police Force.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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