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An investigation into the claims by the brother of Stephen Lawrence that he has been stopped by police up to 25 times because of his skin colour will be supervised by the independent police watchdog, it was announced today.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will supervise an investigation into Stuart Lawrence's claims that officers from Scotland Yard have repeatedly targeted him as part of a sustained campaign of harassment.
The teacher, whose teenage brother was murdered in a racist attack, has consulted lawyers over the "ludicrous" police behaviour.
He said he was moved to act after he was pulled over by two officers in November while he was in his car near his home in Peckham, south London.
James Welch, legal director for human rights group Liberty, said:
Stuart Lawrence told the Daily Mail that the Macpherson Inquiry has made no difference to police behaviour.
Mr Lawrence's solicitor Imran Khan told the Daily Mail:
In response to claims that Stuart Lawrence, whose brother Stephen was killed in a racist attack, has been stopped more than 25 times by police.
Mr Lawrence has claimed he is being targeted because he is black.
Stuart Lawrence - whose brother Stephen was the victim of a racist attack in 1993 - says he was forced to complain to police after he was pulled over in November, near his home in Peckham.
The 35 year old teacher claims that when he asked officers why he'd been stopped, he was told they were "naturally suspicious" of him.
He sent a letter of complaint to the Metropolitan Police yesterday, naming officers he claims were involved in the latest incident. Mr Lawrence told the Daily Mail:
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The brother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has accused the police of racism in their use of stop and search powers.