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Stephen: almost 30 years on, ITV’s drama on the murder of Stephen Lawrence shows how little has changed

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01.09.2021

Almost three decades after the murder of Stephen Lawrence, ITV has launched a new three-part drama about Stephen’s parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence. The series explores the Lawrences’ crusade to achieve justice for their son, a black British school student from Plumstead, south-east London, who was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus.

Stephen is a sequel to The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, a Bafta-winning 1999 film written and directed by Paul Greengrass, who has also been involved in the latest series. The new drama covers the events of 2006 – 13 years after the death of Stephen – and six years after a public inquiry found the London Metropolitan Police institutionally racist. It follows the efforts of Lawrence’s parents to bring their son’s killers to justice. It was their probing that eventually helped to secure the convictions of two of his murderers.

I was part of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry into police racism and his murder has had a lasting impact on me personally and on my research into police race relations. Now, 28 years after his death, I still feel close to him and the tragedy that hurt his family so deeply.

When I was asked in........

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