I was a shiny fresh faced young officer when the Steven Lawrence story broke.
I was a little more seasoned when we learned the results of the McPherson report, the new IPCC, a new phrase that has now entered the public mind … ‘institutional racism’… I was being accused of being a racist! By somebody I hadn’t even met!
I went to a school where I was an ethnic minority. My first girlfriend was black…my best mate was an Indian. There were only 4-other white kids in my class!
But… I was a racist…it was there in black and white.
I won’t harp on about the Lawrence case as it’s clear the media, family and most of the country by the sound of it, blame the Police for the failure to convict the suspects.
However, it is obvious that the forensic examination techniques used at the time missed evidence putting the suspects at the scene-still… it’s our fault.
I don’t think this is over though.