The incredible story of one mum’s fight for justice S
OME crimes are never forgotten, and the killing of black teenager Stephen Lawrence 25 years ago has become Britain’s most notoriously race-related murder.
We all know elements of the story. Stephen, a conscientious student and talented athlete, was murdered at a bus stop in an unprovoked attack, by a gang of white youths who walked free due to failings by the police.
Now awardwinning filmmakers revisit the story for a landmark series over the next three nights.
It’s told through the eyes of Duwayne Brooks, the friend with Stephen that fateful night, his parents, Doreen and Neville, high ranking police officers like Sir Paul Condon and Cressida Dick, and politicians such as Jack Straw and Theresa May.
It’s an incredible tale. Nelson Mandela became involved; the Lawrences launched a private prosecution; the law was eventually changed and two suspects were jailed – but the case has yet to be closed. This isn’t an easy watch, and the series asks important questions about our justice system. But it’s also about a mother who would not take ‘no’ for an answer. “None of these officers, the justice system, the politicians…nobody cared,” says Doreen. “They were hoping I would just shut up and go away.” Today Doreen Lawrence is a baroness, honoured for her campaigning work. Her life is totally different to the one she was living on April 22, 1993 when tragedy struck. Since that day she has been fighting a battle that she won’t give up. “People seem to think I may have moved on and got over Stephen’s death. I haven’t. “All I want to do is get justice for Stephen.”