Lawrence murder anniversary

A memorial service will take place this afternoon to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered by a gang of racists in south-east London.

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App tracks 'stop and search' incidents

Stephen Lawrence's death eventually catapulted the Met's failings into the headlines, but the constant test of relations between ethnic minorities and the police is the policy of 'stop and search.'

In 20 years, despite Macpherson, often young Londoners still fight the injustice of being stopped simply because of the colour of their skin. So much so there is now an App to help people report their experiences. Ria Chatterjea has the details.

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Arrivals at Stephen Lawrence memorial service

A memorial service is taking place to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered by a gang of racists in south-east London.

A host of prominent figures are in attendance including the leaders of the main political parties, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

Stephen Lawrence's brother Stuart with his mother Doreen
Stephen Lawrence's brother Stuart with his mother Doreen.
Doreen Lawrence, the mother of Stephen Lawrence, pictured with David Cameron.
Singer Emeli Sande attends the memorial service.
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Mother's hopes for Stephen Lawrence's legacy

The mother of Stephen Lawrence - who was killed by a gang of racists - has spoken at a memorial service to mark the 20th anniversary of his murder.

Doreen Lawrence said a lot had been achieved in the wake of the Macpherson Report, but she stressed: "We must not fall into a false sense of security that all is well and there's no more to be done".

She also spoke about her hopes for the future of the trust set up in her son's name.

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'Figures are a clear wake-up call there is more to do'

Twenty years after the death of Stephen Lawrence an exclusive YouGov poll with ITV News London and LBC 97.3 reveals the public's perceptions of attitudes towards race in the Metropolitan Police.

One of the findings of the poll was that 59% of ethnic minorities think the Met Police is institutionally racist.

Assistant Commissioner, Simon Byrne, Met Police said the figures are 'a clear wake-up call there is more to do'.

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Miliband: My thoughts are with Lawrence family

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to the family of Stephen Lawrence on the 20th anniversary of his death.

Stephen Lawrence's death exposed the deep-seated racism in parts of our society, including within the police.

Over the last 20 years, this has dramatically improved, but we must continue to ensure that people in our society are not discriminated against because of the colour of their skin.

Today is also a day to pay tribute to Doreen and Neville Lawrence who have shown incredible strength as they fought, and continue to fight, for justice for their son.

– Ed Miliband

59% of minorities think Met is institutionally racist

Twenty years after the death of Stephen Lawrence an exclusive YouGov poll with ITV News London and LBC 97.3 reveals the public's perceptions of attitudes towards race in the Metropolitan Police.

Over 1,100 people were questioned across the city, the results showed that:

  • 59% of black and ethnic minority Londoners think that the Met Police is institutionally racist, compared with 28% of white Londoners.
  • 55% of black and minority Londoners think that the Met have failed to successfully deal with racism among their officers, compared with just 16% that feel they have reacted well.
  • Over half of Londoners think that London is a less racist city than it was at the time of Stephen Lawrence's murder, with only 13% believing the problem is worsening.
  • Half of Londoners said they think there are not enough police officers from ethnic minorities in the Met Police.
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Brooks: 'Young people still carry knives for protection'

The only witness to the murder of Stephen Lawrence has told Daybreak that young people in the UK are still carrying knives to protect themselves.

Duwayne Brooks appealed to the police to continue the investigation into Stephen's death so that his killers could be bought to justice.

Mr Brooks was Stephen's best friend and is now a Liberal Democrat Councillor in London.

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