The british police announced Tuesday, to stop, in the absence of a new element in his investigation into the murder of a racist, 27 years ago, of Stephen Lawrence, which had led to an examination of conscience on the issues of discrimination in the United Kingdom.
On April 22, 1993, while he was waiting for the bus with a friend, Stephen Lawrence, a black student with a passion for architecture, 18 years of age, had been attacked and stabbed by five white youths in Eltham (south east London). This murder had deeply marked the country.
“The investigation is now passed to a phase +inactive+, but I have given to the family of Stephen the assurance that we will continue to treat any new information,” said the head of Scotland Yard, Cressida Dick.
“The investigation into the murder of Stephen will also be reviewed regularly to (consider) any other possible inquiry which could occur, for example, with the progress of technology “, she added.
The failures of the police in the investigation of this crime – for which two men, Gary Dobson and David Norris, were finally convicted in 2012 – had resulted in a report in 1999 that had sounded like a clap of thunder by calling the Scotland Yard of ” institutionally racist “.
“We were able to obtain two convictions ( … ), but we know that other suspects have also been involved in the events that unfolded that night, and it is deeply frustrating that we have not been able to bring them to justice,” said Cressida Dick.
For the murder of Stephen Lawrence does not fall into oblivion, his mother has campaigned for years, and created an organization – the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – to help disadvantaged young people who want to engage in architecture and design.
Doreen Lawrence has been named 2013 life member of the house of Lords.