By Richard Stone
Kids who come into touch with cops at the streets this day have little inspiration of the importance of the stabbing to demise of Stephen Lawrence in a racist assault in 1993. merely their mom and dad or grandparents keep in mind the day-by-day exposures of police incompetence and oblique racism which have been given excessive profile within the media for 6 months.
The repercussions of the case are nonetheless on-going with the lengthy late conviction in 2012 of 2 of the unique suspects, and within the similar yr a couple of racist attacks by means of police.;;This specified ebook presents an insider's view of the seminal inquiry into Stephen Lawrence's homicide. Dr Richard Stone OBE used to be a panel member of the Inquiry as Adviser to the pass judgement on, Sir William Macpherson.
This available and fascinating ebook comprises research of hitherto inaccessible transcripts. those dramatically exhibit how the Inquiry used to be undermined to the purpose of failure to supply the specified results.;;Dr Stone additionally discusses modern concerns and the relevance of the Inquiry this day. He says i've got written approximately my adventure simply because i think a level of legal responsibility to inform, from my place on the centre of the Inquiry, simply how tough concerns have been handled.
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Extra info for Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: Personal Reflections
14 He introduced my role as to “advise me primarily upon community and racial aspects of this Inquiry”. After his introductions he invited each Adviser in turn to make an informal statement for the record and for the public present. My statement came last because on this occasion we spoke in alphabetical order. These introductions came a week after the Inquiry had been rescued by Jack Straw, following questions over the appropriateness of the Judge. In their introductions, Tom Cook and John Sentamu were specific and clear in their backing for Sir William Macpherson, but I sensed it might be seen as verging on the sycophantic and therefore insincere, to single him out for a third time.
It is nothing to do with me, is it? I ain’t shocked. MR MANSFIELD: You are not shocked. It is to do with you, this is your brother, and I suggest you should think twice. I am only going to ask it once again to give you one final opportunity on 41 Hidden stories of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry this topic: do you now, looking at this passage and all the others in this tape of a similar ilk, are you now honestly shocked by the views expressed by your brother? MR ACOURT: I have no comment on my brother – it’s up to – MR MANSFIELD: You have no comment on your brother.
We had a mix of patients living in grand Bayswater houses, in Paddington council estates, and on the streets of Notting Hill. I soon learned that 80% of what I had been taught in medical school was not relevant to what my patients brought to me, no matter what their background. As a doctor I was in a position of relative power and could (and did for a while) spend more time with patients from a similar background to myself. In the area of West London in which I was a GP there were also a number of Bangladeshi homeless families placed in the warren of cheap hotels around Paddington station, by housing officers from boroughs in the East End of London, which 28 TWO • The Inquiry and how I came to be an Adviser on the Panel had shrinking stocks of council housing.
Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: Personal Reflections by Richard Stone