An authentic story from 1983: The young police officer Finn is awarded a medal for the courage he showed in arresting a dangerous criminal. Meanwhile transvestite David Martin is released ... See full summary »
Stephen Lawrence was a black London teenager attacked by white racists. His mother Doreen and father Neville fought to have the events properly investigated, culminating in a judicial enquiry into the events, and the inadequate investigation into the events by the Metropolitan Police, London's police force.
When my son was murdered, the police saw him as a criminal belonging to a gang. My son was stereotyped. He was black, then he must be a criminal, and they set about investigating him and us. My son's crime was that he was walking down the road looking for a bus that would take him home. Our crime is living in a country where the justice system supports racist murderers against innocent people. But still, we followed all the steps open to us. But one by one, the doors were closed in our faces. ...
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Watching this superb movie is an almost painful experience inasmuch that it's incredible realism completely immerses one in the terrible experience that Stephen's family suffered; and continues to suffer. For much of the movie it was almost impossible to believe that the participants were in fact actors, and not the real people on whom this brutal miscarriage of justice was perpetrated.
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