Police investigation of racially motivated crimes

Institutional Racism as defined in the Macpherson Report: 

‘‘The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.’’

This dossier gives an insight into how the British police force failed to investigate the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. On 22nd April 1993 the 18 year old black teenager was murdered in Eltham, South-East London. Police were severely criticized for their conduct during this murder investigation which resulted in no one being prosecuted for the murder until 2012. Only due to the parents of Stephen Lawrence and the huge public pressure which formed around this case that it led to an in-depth inquiry into the misconduct and institutional racism of the police force; the so called The Macpherson Report. This inquiry resulted in the police acknowledging their faults and flaws and accepting seventy recommendations to improve their future services and to work towards ending institutional racism.

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We cordially thank Miriam Tierney and Rebecca Görmann for the compilation of this dossier.

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