by Richard Norton-Taylor (Editor) - £9.99 Oberon Books (1999)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781840021073 | ISBN 10: 1840021071
Black teenager Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in a racist attack by a gang of white youths. The police investigation failed to provide sufficient evidence to convict, and the public inquiry into the investigation caused a national outcry. An outraged British public discovered that their system of justice, a model for judicial systems around the world, was seriously flawed. The inquiry found that the police force was gulity of "institutionalised racism."
This dramatic reconstruction is based on the transcripts of the inquiry. After its premiere at London's Tricycle Theatre, it transferred to the West End by public demand. A national tour followed, including a short season at the Royal National Theatre.
"This book should be on every syllabus... The incidents (Richard Norton-Taylor) has chosen manage to capture the essence of this horrible affair and demonstrate what the abstract concept we call racism means in all its brutal and potentially murderous reality."
(Observer, Paperback of the Week.)
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