Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has told ITV News that it was "pretty awful" to hear the findings of the report into Stephen Lawrence's murder investigation.
"As a professional police officer and then to see the reaction of Mr and Mrs Lawrence who were clearly distraught by what it had heard having lost their son so many years ago, at any level, human or professional, it is pretty awful to hear that list of terrible events," he said.
The head of the IPCC has apologised to the Lawrence family for the police watchdog's part in prolonging the "family's search for the truth".
A senior Met Police officer has been moved from his role following the publication of a report into Stephen Lawrence's murder investigation.
Almost 21 years after Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death, the Home Secretary has ordered a public inquiry into undercover policing .