While Neville and Doreen Lawrence were struggling to cope with the trauma of the brutal murder of Stephen, their 18-year-old son, the police who were supposed to be investigating the crime were, in fact, told to find 'dirt' on the whole Lawrence family, in order to smear and undermine their campaign against racism in the police force?
This is the astonishing allegation of former undercover officer Peter
Francis, who says he posed for four years as an anti-racist campaigner.
He was also asked to target one of the witnesses to the murder, Duwayne
Brooks: "I had to get any information on what was happening in the
Stephen Lawrence campaign," Mr Francis told the Guardian.
"They wanted the campaign to stop. It was felt it was going to turn
into an elephant. Throughout my deployment there was almost constant
pressure on me personally to find out anything I could that would
discredit these campaigns."
The murder of Stephen Lawrence must have been a cause of unimaginable
grief for the family. To discover now that there was a conspiracy to
discredit them and key witnesses is profoundly shocking and deeply
disturbing. Indeed, it is evidence in itself that Sir William Macpherson
was right to conclude that the force was 'institutionally racist'. At
the moment, of course, these are simply the allegations of one former
police officer. But in the context of recent revelations of police
misconduct in the phone-hacking and 'Plebgate' scandals, one might be forgiven for inclining to believe Mr Francis's allegations.
The police have been corrupted by political vendettas and sinister
agendas. While we're consistently led to believe they're leaving no
stone unturned and exploring every avenue in their inquiries, they are,
in fact, seeking to preserve their reputation and discredit those who
raise a complaint against them - especially if they're black and allege
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