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Lawrence, Stephen

     
Lawrence, Stephen
(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 enough evidence to bring them to trial. In 1996 Stephen's parents brought a private prosecution 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 proper investigation into the murder because Stephen was black. An inquiry was held and in 1999 its chairman Sir William Macpherson criticized the police in his report. He said there was institutional racism in the Metropolitan Police Force.

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