Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: Personal Reflections

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In the wake of the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, this book serves as an important reminder of the 1993 Stephen Lawrence Case, presenting never-before-reported information about the inquiry into his murder. Panel member Richard Stone helps explain why the inquiry has not brought sufficient results, and why it has failed to change institutional racism. Using the case as a springboard, he discusses wider contemporary issues—such as policing practices and double-jeopardy rulings—and the lessons we can learn ...

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Hidden stories of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry: Personal reflections

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Overview

In the wake of the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, this book serves as an important reminder of the 1993 Stephen Lawrence Case, presenting never-before-reported information about the inquiry into his murder. Panel member Richard Stone helps explain why the inquiry has not brought sufficient results, and why it has failed to change institutional racism. Using the case as a springboard, he discusses wider contemporary issues—such as policing practices and double-jeopardy rulings—and the lessons we can learn from the many details of the case that have otherwise been buried. Now available in paperback, this hard-hitting book makes essential reading for academics, students, researchers, and anyone interested in crime, police, and institutional racism.

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Editorial Reviews

Socialist Review
“What comes across very strongly in the book is the message of ‘unfinished business’ on all levels.”
Bryn Caless
“It is apt and timely that Dr Stone should reveal detail from the (only now available) transcript evidence, modulated through his own cool, scientific, and humanely liberal interpretation of this important event. His findings and commentary are of special value: this is the testimony of one who saw the police arguably at their worst and can judge what, if anything, has changed in the subsequent twenty years.”
Lord Ouseley of Peckham Rye
“Insights into the private considerations of the Stephen Lawrence Murder Inquiry will provide clarity and better understanding about how the combination of prejudice, poor leadership, unaccountable decision-making and abuse of power contribute to institutional discriminatory outcomes.”
Leroy Logan
“By writing this unique book, Richard Stone has recognised that the learning from the Lawrence Inquiry is still a critical factor in the legitimacy and relevance of policing today, which helps to ensure that the legacy of Stephen Lawrence will withstand the test of time.” 
Doreen Lawrence OBE
“Going through the Inquiry was a reminder of the pain of losing my son—it was difficult but one I had to sit through. The Inquiry filled in the gaps of what happened the night my son was murdered and showed me the depth of racism and corruption that existed in the Metropolitan police service. To be able to read the behind-the-scenes account by Dr. Richard Stone is important for the history of the Inquiry and its legacy.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781447308478
  • Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
  • Publication date: 2/15/2015
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Stone was a panel member of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry into racism in policing and adviser to the judge Sir William Macpherson. He is an honorary fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Muslim-Jewish Relations and an honorary research follow in the Department of Criminology at the University of Westminster, UK.

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Table of Contents

A note on the typography
About the author
Acknowledgements
Preface

Introduction
1. Why there was an inquiry
2. The Inquiry and how I came to be an Adviser on the panel
3. Cancellations and reinstatements
4. The Commissioner takes the stand
5. Searching for the files of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry
6. Defining ‘institutional racism’ and the challenge to ‘double jeopardy’
7. Unprofessional policing and timid leadership
8. Final reflections

Notes
Appendix A: Timeline of key events
Appendix B: Correspondence regarding Part Two hearings
Appendix C: Transcript of Sir Paul Condon’s presentation and questioning at the Inquiry on institutional racism
Index

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