Police have stopped me 25 times… just because I'm black: Stephen Lawrence's teacher brother launches damning race case against the Met
Stephen's brother Stuart Lawrence, 35, left furious by harassment
Final straw said to be when he was stopped in London in NovemberMother Doreen Lawrence OBE says 'racism has not gone away'
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Tireless: Doreen Lawrence has written to politicians but says her letters have been ignored
In 1999, the Met was accused of being 'institutionally racist' by the judicial inquiry into her son's murder six years earlier.
The 18-year-old A-level student was killed by a group of white youths as he waited at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London.
Two of that gang, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were jailed for life last January for Stephen's murder.
Mr Lawrence said last night: 'I feel
angry and frustrated because I sat through the trial of Dobson and
Norris, and saw some of the mistakes made by police in 1993 and the
years that followed.
'Now it appears not much progress has
been made in how they deal with black people. I just want police to do
their jobs properly. I don't want them to waste time on people like me.
Their time could be better spent elsewhere, rather than pulling me over.
Home Secretary Theresa May (left) has paid tribute to the campaigning work of Doreen Lawrence. Mr Lawrence sent a letter of complaint to Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe (right) outlining his concerns
A police CCTV surveillance van at the site of the Stephen Lawrence memorial stone in Well Hall Road, Eltham, south-east London
'They could be out solving crimes. A
lot of recommendations were made by the Macpherson Inquiry but it seems
that it hasn't made much difference.
'I would like to know when things are
going to change, when is there going to be a society where you are not
pulled over because you are a black guy or a black person driving a
particular car. The decision to stop someone in their car should be
based on a sound reason, rather than the colour of your skin.
'I have met some really good police officers who work hard to protect the community.
'But it only takes a small handful of
people with the wrong type of attitude to make it feel like things have
not changed since the Macpherson Inquiry.'
He said that as he grew up in south
London, being regularly stopped by police was something he 'reluctantly
accepted'. 'But as I am getting older now, the circumstances in which I
am stopped are more ludicrous and more over the top,' he added.
'I saw the mistakes made by police in 1993 and the years that followed. Not much progress has been made in how they deal with black people.'
'In recent years, I have been stopped
during my lunch-break at work. The police were checking tax discs. I
have also been stopped on my first day back to work after the summer
holidays, which meant I was late for the first briefing meeting for
'On this occasion, I was pulled over randomly just before I got to the traffic lights.
'I explained this to the officer, that
I was on my way to work, but he insisted on going through the process
of checking who I was, and checking my car was taxed, insured and in
good working order.
'I have reservations now about the type of car I can drive because I don't want to increase the amount of times I am stopped.'
Mr Lawrence's solicitor Imran Khan
said: 'Stop and search is often used as a litmus test for how the
police treat those from minority ethnic communities.
'Stuart's experience shows that rather than passing this litmus test, the Metropolitan Police have remained consistently bad.
'Stuart has suffered immeasurably over
the last 20 years. First with the murder of his brother in 1993, then
the failures of the police in their investigation into the murder and to
cap it all being unfairly stopped because of his skin colour.
'Previously Stuart has not complained
or otherwise drawn attention to what has happened to him, but now, when
the Metropolitan police seemingly trumpet how things have changed for
the better, he has felt the need to take action. He has now instructed
me to use the full force of the law.'
The Metropolitan Police declined to comment last night.