Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has said the publication of yesterday's Ellison Report was one of his "worst days" he has seen as a police officer.
The report concluded that evidence of police corruption had been found in the case of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Mr Hoga-Howe told The Evening Standard: "This was a devastating report for the Metropolitan Police and one of the worst days that I have seen as a police officer.
“To see Neville and Doreen Lawrence struggling through their tears was awful. The Met has come to know them well and I have enormous respect for their quiet dignity and powerful determination to see justice, which I share.
“I cannot rewrite history and the events of the past but I do have a responsibility to ensure the trust and the confidence of the people of London in the Met now and in the future. This will need a considered response to meet head-on the concerns that have been expressed in yesterday’s report.”
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 .