Policy Press

Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Personal Reflections

By Richard Stone

Published

Jun 23, 2015

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447308478

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

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Policy Press

Published

Mar 19, 2013

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447308485

Dimensions

138 x 214 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 19, 2013

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447309444

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Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 19, 2013

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447309451

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Policy Press
Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Young people who come into contact with police officers on the streets today have little idea of the significance of the stabbing to death of Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack in 1993. Only their parents or grandparents remember the daily exposures of police incompetence and indirect racism which were given high profile in the media for six months. The repercussions of the case are still ongoing with the long overdue conviction in 2012 of two of the original suspects, and in the same year a number of racist assaults by police.

This accessible and engaging book includes analysis of hitherto inaccessible transcripts. These dramatically show how the Inquiry was undermined to the point of failure to produce the desired results.

Dr Stone also discusses contemporary issues and the relevance of the Inquiry today. This paperback edition is updated with a new Afterword, including revelations about police surveillance on members of the public who attended the Lawrence Inquiry, Dr Stone’s meeting

with Mark Ellison QC prior to the release of his report on possible corruption and the role of undercover policing in the Stephen Lawrence case, and proposals for action on implementation of the agenda set by the Lawrence Inquiry.

Hard-hitting and full of insightful detail, this book makes essential reading for academics, students, researchers and anyone interested in institutional racism, particularly in the police.

Dr Richard Stone (1937-2014) was a panel member of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry into racism in policing (1997-99) as Adviser to the Judge, Sir William Macpherson. At the time he was Chair of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality.

His Independent Review of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 10 Years On (richardstonesli.wordpress.com) was launched by the Secretaries of State for the departments of Justice, Home Office, and Communities and Local Government in February 2009.

For 20 years Dr Stone was senior partner of a general medical practice in London. For 14 years he worked with British Muslims as Chair of the Runnymede Islamophobia Commission, and in 2004 he founded Alif-Aleph UK (British Muslims and British Jews). In 2010 he was awarded the OBE for public and voluntary service.

He was an Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Muslim-Jewish Relations and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Criminology at the University of Westminster.

Introduction; Why there was an inquiry; The Inquiry and how I came to be an Adviser on the panel; Cancellations and reinstatements; The Commissioner takes the stand; Searching for the files of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry; Defining ‘institutional racism’ and the challenge to ‘double jeopardy’; Unprofessional policing and timid leadership; Final reflections