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Family fights for formal apology over the shooting that sparked the Brixton riots

The family of a woman whose shooting by police triggered the Brixton riots in 1985 say they are still fighting for a formal apology from the Met.

Cherry Groce was paralysed from the waist down when she was accidentally shot by officers raiding her home. Police were looking for her son.

Cherry Groce seen in hospital in 1985 Credit: Press Association

29 years ago, Lee Lawrence witnessed his mother being shot.

Lee Lawrence, Cherry Groce's son Credit: ITV News

I just remember hearing a loud bang. When I opened my eyes I saw my mum laying on the floor and the policeman standing over her with a gun in his hand. I saw blood, and I was screaming and shouting.

The policeman turned around and pointed the gun and said, 'Someone better shut this kid up'.

– Lee Lawrence, Cherry Groce's son

The shooting sparked the 1985 Brixton riots. Cherry Groce was left paralysed from the waist down. She died from her injuries three years ago.

Brixton in 1985, during the riots Credit: Press Association

An inquest into her death will take place later this year, but in what her family see, but in what her family sees as another injustice.

They've been refused legal aid - the case isn't in the public interest, according to the Ministry of Justice.

Credit: Press Association

I think it is disgraceful that in 2014, we have yet another black family seeking justice not being provided with the support from the state that they deserve.

I think it is a perverse decision of the legal aid agency.

– Chuka Umunna MP, Labour

Almost 30 years after she was shot her family are still waiting for justice, but without proper legal representation they might have to wait even longer.