Stephen Lawrence Murder: Police Should ‘Revisit’ MacPherson Lessons

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Archbishop of York John Sentamu said he had experienced prejudice in the UK / BBC NEWS

 

By BBC NEWS

The “very clear” lessons from the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation need to be revisited by every UK police force, the Archbishop of York says.

The black teenager was killed in a racially-motivated attack in Eltham, south London 25 years ago.


The landmark Macpherson Report on the way the case was handled said there had been “institutional racism” in the police and made 72 recommendations.

Dr John Sentamu said police needed more vigilance against racial stereotyping.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme: “I think the 72 recommendations, which were accepted by the then home secretary, and there was an action plan… I’m afraid it needs to be revisited by every police service so that they learn the lessons that were very clear.”

When asked what needed to be done to improve attitudes that may be considered racist, Dr Sentamu said: “I think it is a question of greater training.

“People need to be more vigilant and people need to realise that if you stereotype people, you end up disadvantaging them.”


He added: “When people are white you assume they are guiltless and when they are black you assume they are guilty – how you get that out of an organisation requires clear vigilance.

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