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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I saw this on PBS Masterpiece Theater last night, and it is riveting. Although it is performed by professional actors, it has the look and feel of a documentary. This is largely due to the use of a hand held camera. It tells the story of a young black man in England who was murdered by a group of white hooligans. This was followed by a bungles police investigation, which led to the obviously guilty suspects going free. To this day, no one has been convicted in the crime. This docudrama shows that the USA does not have a monopoly on racism or on police incompetence.
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