38Degrees have only 48 hours to gather signatures for a petition to uncover the
truth about an operation by undercover police officers to smear the parents of
murdered Stephen Lawrence.
It’s now 20 years since Doreen and Neville Lawrence’s son Stephen was killed in a racist attack. They campaigned for 18 years before they saw their son’s killers brought to justice. Now they face new allegations that undercover police tried to smear them - in yet another attempt to derail their struggle for justice. We’ve got a chance to help uncover the truth and give the Lawrences the answers
they deserve. But we need to hurry - it’s just 48 hours until I deliver our petition to help secure a proper, independent inquiry. Please can you sign it now? https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/stephen-lawrence There are clear signs that the authorities are already feeling pressure to act. On Friday, Doreen Lawrence was invited to meet with the head of the Metropolitan Police.  David Cameron won’t rule out a full inquiry.  But it would be all too easy for things to go quiet after the media storm dies down. We need to work together to make sure that doesn’t happen. On Wednesday, I’m taking our petition to the Home Office to ask Theresa May to hold a proper inquiry into these allegations. If enough of us sign the petition in the next 48 hours, we can tip the balance of her decision - and help get the Lawrences the answers they deserve. Click here to sign the petition: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/stephen-lawrence As someone who has campaigned alongside the Lawrences for many years, I have seen firsthand their bravery and dignity in the face of unimaginable loss. In the end, their courage not only led to justice for their son, but also to widespread recognition that we could no longer ignore the disastrous consequences of racism in the police. When we can’t trust the police to let people strive for truth and justice, our whole democracy is in danger. The Lawrences’ case isn’t the only example of the police treating people with contempt. We need to make sure this case is the beginning of the end of undercover police abusing their powers - and to do that, we need a proper inquiry. Click here to sign the petition now: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/stephen-lawrence
Dear Home Secretary I believe that a huge number of people would support the call by Neville Lawrence
For an independent, judge-led inquiry into the allegations of Peter Francis
that the Met SDS was tasked with finding ways to smear the reputation of the
Lawrence family, rather than carry out a thorough investigation into the brutal,
racist murder of their son Stephen. I believe that tagging an investigation onto
two pre-existing inquiries is an inadequate response, as this is yet another
example of the serially corrupt conduct of the Met, and in order to restore
confidence in the force amongst both the minority and the majority ethnic
communities of the country we need a root and branch investigation of the Met's
culture then, and the extent to which it informs current policy and practice.
Robin Landman OBE
Why is this important?
Many of us would have been appalled but unsurprised at the revelations in
The Guardian on Monday 24th June that allegations from former undercover police
officer Peter Francis indicate the Lawrence family were targeted by the Met in
order to smear their reputation, rather than concentrating their efforts and
resources on investigating the brutal racist murder of their son Stephen.
This is yet another revelation that further damages the reputation of the Met,
following a series of stories that indicate that it has lost its moral compass. We in the Network for Black Professionals believe that large numbers of the
British public - both from the majority and minority ethnic communities - would
support Neville Lawrence's call for an independent, judge-led inquiry into these
allegations. We further believe that the Home Secretary's response of tagging
these fresh allegations onto two pre-existing inquiries is inadequate, and that
only a clearly focused and truly independent inquiry would give the reassurance
that the public needs, and provide some closure for Doreen and Neville Lawrence
and their children.
How it will be delivered
I'll be delivering the petition to the Home Office this Wednesday.