The Lawrence inquiry - Incompetence, corruption, and institutional racism
UNSPECIFIED. (1999) The Lawrence inquiry - Incompetence, corruption, and institutional racism. JOURNAL OF LAW AND SOCIETY, 26 (3). pp. 298-322. ISSN 0263-323XFull text not available from this repository.
The inquiry into the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in South London in 1993, which reported earlier this year, documents a catalogue of police incompetence and 'institutional racism'. The report also puts forward a number of far-reaching recommendations, echoing long-standing demands by the black community, for the reform of policing in Britain. Yet, in its approach to 'institutional racism', the report can be seen to have downplayed the need for a critical re-examination of policing policies and priorities at a strategic level. As a result, many of its key recommendations, in such areas as stop and search and the policing of racist crime, may prove ineffective. The government's commitment to 'anti-racism', following the Lawrence report, is also called into question by its subsequent decision to further restrict the rights of defendants and the ability of black people to defend themselves against racist police practices through the criminal justice system.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF LAW AND SOCIETY|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBL LTD|
|Official Date:||September 1999|
|Number of Pages:||25|
|Page Range:||pp. 298-322|
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