My son’s crime is that he was walking down the road, looking for a bus that would take him home. Our crime is living in a country where the justice system supports racist murderers against innocent people

Doreen Lawrence, 1997.

The investigation was marred by a combination of professional incompetence, institutional racism and a failure of leadership by senior officers

Macpherson Report, 1999.

The very process of the Inquiry has opened all our eyes to what it is to be Black or Asian in Britain today

Jack Straw, Home Secretary, 1999.

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"To inquire into the matters arising from the death of Stephen Lawrence on 22 April 1993 to date, in order particularly to identify the lessons to be learned for the investigation and prosecution of racially motivated crimes."

Home Secretary

July 1997


"to undertake in respect of any person who provides evidence to the Inquiry that no evidence he or she may give before the Inquiry, whether orally or by written statement, nor any written statement made preparatory to giving evidence nor any document produced by that person to the Inquiry will be used in evidence against him or her in any criminal proceedings, except in proceedings where he or she is charged with having given false evidence in the course of this Inquiry or with having conspired with or procured others to do so".

Her Majesty's Attorney General

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