The in­cred­i­ble story of one mum’s fight for jus­tice S

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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