Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Stephen Lawrence brother launches legal action against Metropolitan Police

Scotland Yard is facing a fresh race controversy after Stephen Lawrence's brother launched legal action saying he had been stopped up to 25 times because of his skin colour.

Stuart Lawrence (35), a teacher, claimed that Metropolitan Police officers had repeatedly targeted him during a sustained campaign of harassment.

Mr Lawrence, whose teenage brother was killed in a racist attack by a gang of white youths in 1993, decided to act after two officers pulled over his car in November last year near his home in Peckham, south London.

He said one officer told him he was “naturally suspicious” of him.

“I am being targeted because of the colour of my skin. I don't think it's because I am Stephen's brother,” he said. “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.

“I have never, ever, done anything wrong. I have never been in trouble with the law. I have paid my road tax and my insurance, and always tried to keep my cars in a roadworthy state.”

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “Mr Lawrence's complaint is a very serious matter and it will be investigated.”

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