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Duwayne Brooks wants Met to catch all of Stephen's killers

TRAUMATIC: Duwayne Brooks pictured here in 1999 with a copy of the Macpherson report (PIC CREDIT: Toby Melville/PA)

A CLOSE friend of Stephen Lawrence has issued a plea to the Met Police to keep pursuing the teenager’s other killers.

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of Stephen’s murder on April 22, Duwayne Brooks said he hoped officers would not scale back the investigation because of pressures to cut spending.

Brooks, who was with Stephen at the time of the racist attack near a bus stop in Well Hall Road, Eltham, escaped unharmed. “Even after 20 years people still say I ran away and left Stephen to die.  It's disappointing and it upsets me,” he said.

Brooks went on to testify in court on November 2011. His evidence helped convict Gary Dobson, and David Norris, in January 2012. It is believed the pair was part of a larger group of up to six attackers, who have not been convicted.

Both of the guilty men appealed the jury’s decision but in March 2013, Dobson chose to drop his appeal.

Lawrence’s mother, Doreen, said it was a long-awaited admission of guilt.

“Common sense says there will come a time when the money being used to keep the investigation going could be used elsewhere. As a victim, I don't want them to stop until they find all the killers," Brooks told The Voice.

However, the Met Police said the investigations, led by Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll, remain open and active.

Brooks lauded the outcome of the Macpherson Inquiry, a judicial review of the police’s handling of the investigation commissioned by Jack Straw MP, the Labour government’s former Home Secretary.

JAILED: In 2012, 19 years after the attack, Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of Stephen Lawrence's murder

It concluded in 1999, and found the Met Police to be ‘institutionally racist’ leading to sweeping changes and the recommendation of a series of measures to improve policing.

Brooks said: “No one wanted to speak about [racism] before. It is now openly discussed, which is a good thing because before it would have been brushed under the carpet.”

But the Liberal Democrat councillor in the Downham Ward of Lewisham, south London, who is seeking to be elected mayor of Lewisham in 2014, said things could be better.

“Twenty years on they have not implemented everything included in the Macpherson report but it is down to us; we are not demanding it,” said Brooks.

“Other minority communities are punching way above their weight. The thing is, if we really want to see movement then it is down to us to demand it.”

For example, Brooks said recommendations 61 and 62 had been implemented. They require all stop and searches to be recorded and monitored.

“The advantage of this is that the police can't abuse their power of stop and search."

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