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Stephen Lawrence trial: Justice served or a political stunt?

TRAIL: Stephen Lawrence trial: Justice served or a political stunt?

AFTER 18 YEARS of distress, hurt and anger, justice has been served for Stephen Lawrence and his family.

But why didn’t this happen sooner? The evidence was there.

The death of Stephen Lawrence came to the public’s attention through the hard work, dedication and perseverance of Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, and not by the police.

But what the Metropolitan police did manage to do was to be deemed as ‘incompetent’ and ‘institutionally racist’ by the report made my Sir William Macpherson in 1999.

This was for a number of reasons, which included the way in which the police dealt with the incident at the scene of the crime, apparently treating both Stephen and his friend Dwayne Brooks as suspects and not as victims of a racist attack (therefore causing them to lose evidence by the second).

The police also failed to obtain further evidence in the first few days after the murder.

Had it been a white victim attacked by black youths would it have been a different situation? That much we shall never know!

However, the guilty verdict and subsequent sentencing handed down to Gary Dobson and David Norris was, in my opinion, about restoring the public’s confidence in the police, especially amongst the black community.

Let me be quite frank here, many of us have no faith whatsoever in the police and the justice system, and the evidence following the death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 was just the tip of the iceberg.

Surely they could have got convicted years ago…right?

I believe this trial was about restoring hope in the public. It was about showing people that the police are there to protect us, and as said by a reporter for the BBC News, the verdict will “Show the black community that the justice system has changed.”

But that’s all it is… A SHOW!!!

NOTHING HAS CHANGED. THE SYSTEM IS STILL, I BELIEVE, INSTITUTIONALLY RACIST!

But if Dobson and Norris were not found guilty, the authorities know that there would have been an uprising in aggression against the police - and possibly another riot. So to avoid that, they do what they feel will keep everyone calm and satisfied.

This wasn’t about justice, it’s about politics, and although the verdict was a very positive one for the Lawrence family and a lot of the British public, I am sure this was just another move to keep the black people quiet.
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Aminata Kamara is an aspiring writer and director who is currently doing a Masters in Drama at De Montfort University.

She loves reading and writing about social, cultural and political issues.
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Voice Newspaper.

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