UNITED FRONT: Stuart and Doreen Lawrence
POLICE HAVE launched an investigation after the brother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence received an alleged racist threat.
The news of the threat comes just weeks after Stuart Lawrence lodged a damaging race discrimination complaint against the Metropolitan Police Service for stopping and searching him over 25 times.
The Lawrence family’s lawyer, Imran Khan, said that this was the first time that the 35-year-old Stuart had been a targeted since the death of his brother Stephen, who was killed by a racist gang in 1993.
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, based in Deptford, south London, received the offensive message and then forwarded it on to the police.
“He has never received any threat before this time. He has kept pretty much in the background,” said Khan. “I can only assume that this was a result of the publicity that had appeared directly prior.
“The vast majority of communications are positive and from well wishers. There are a very few that might say anything untoward, and most are directed at the Trust rather than individuals.
“There have been a few occasions that somebody has written something nasty or made a threat, and we take every single one of them seriously and they are all reported.”
A police spokesperson confirmed that they are investigating the incident, saying: “Police are investigating an allegation of racially aggravated malicious communication, reported to officers on Wednesday, January 16.
“This is after correspondence was received at an address in Deptford.”
Earlier this month, Stuart – who works as a teacher in Peckham, south London – said that police targeted him “because of the colour of my skin”.
He told The Daily Mail: “Whenever I have been stopped, I have never subsequently been charged with anything, and nothing has ever been found to be wrong with my car.”
Stuart added in a statement: “There can be no other reason, apart from racism, for me being stopped so often.
“If I had no road tax, no insurance, or if I was driving erratically, I would understand being pulled over. But on no occasions was that the case.”