Last night the brother of Stephen Lawrence, Stuart, claimed police have stopped him 25 times in recent years just because he is black.
The 35-year-old teacher and his lawyers yesterday lodged a damaging race discrimination complaint against the Metropolitan Police Service saying he is the victim of a sustained campaign of harassment by Scotland Yard officers.
Understandably Stuart was outraged with the reasons for his car being stopped on 16 November last year, when one of the officers told him he stopped him for ‘naturally suspicious’ reasons.
How can you be naturally suspicious when you are driving a VW Scirocco and have your wife and two young children in the car?
Just doesn’t make sense.
Mr Lawrence told the Mail on Saturday,
I am being targeted because of the colour of my skin. 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.
What makes this even worse is the fact Stuart’s mother, Doreen, accused the Met back in 1999 for being ‘institutionally racist’ in connection to the death of her elder son Stephen, who was racially murdered by a gang back in 1993.
Stuart commented on all that has happened saying,
I feel angry and frustrated because I sat through the trial of Dobson and Norris, and saw some of the mistakes made by police in 1993 and the years that followed. Now it appears not much progress has been made in how they deal with black people.
What are your views?
Do you think the Met’s opinions on black people have changed?
Have you ever been pulled over by police just because of the colour of your skin?
Let us know.