Cloth $14.50 ISBN: 9781447308485 Published April 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781447308478 Will Publish February 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry

Personal Reflections

Richard Stone

Richard Stone

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

227 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2013
Cloth $14.50 ISBN: 9781447308485 Published April 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781447308478 Will Publish February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Young people who come into contact with police officers on the streets of Britain today have little idea of the significance of the stabbing death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993. Only their parents or grandparents remember the daily news stories for several months following the stabbing of police incompetence and racism. This unique book reminds us of the importance of the Stephen Lawrence case, providing an insider’s view of the inquiry into his murder.
Presenting never-before-seen information about the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, panel member Richard Stone helps explain why it has not brought sufficient results, and why it has failed to change institutional racism. Using the case as a springboard, he discusses wider contemporary issues—such as policing practices and double-jeopardy rulings—and the lessons we can learn from the many details of the case that have otherwise been buried. Hardhitting and full of insights, this book makes essential reading for academics, students, researchers, and anyone interested in crime, police, and institutional racism.
Bryn Caless, Canterbury Christ Church University
“It is apt and timely that Dr Stone should reveal detail from the (only now available) transcript evidence, modulated through his own cool, scientific, and humanely liberal interpretation of this important event. His findings and commentary are of special value: this is the testimony of one who saw the police arguably at their worst and can judge what, if anything, has changed in the subsequent twenty years.”
Lord Ouseley of Peckham Rye
“Insights into the private considerations of the Stephen Lawrence Murder Inquiry will provide clarity and better understanding about how the combination of prejudice, poor leadership, unaccountable decision-making and abuse of power contribute to institutional discriminatory outcomes.”
Leroy Logan, founder of the Black Police Association
“By writing this unique book, Richard Stone has recognised that the learning from the Lawrence Inquiry is still a critical factor in the legitimacy and relevance of policing today, which helps to ensure that the legacy of Stephen Lawrence will withstand the test of time.” 
Doreen Lawrence OBE
“Going through the Inquiry was a reminder of the pain of losing my son—it was difficult but one I had to sit through. The Inquiry filled in the gaps of what happened the night my son was murdered and showed me the depth of racism and corruption that existed in the Metropolitan police service. To be able to read the behind-the-scenes account by Dr. Richard Stone is important for the history of the Inquiry and its legacy.”
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About the author

1. Why there was an inquiry
2. The Inquiry and how I came to be an Adviser on the panel
3. Cancellations and reinstatements
4. The Commissioner takes the stand
5. Searching for the files of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry
6. Defining ‘institutional racism’ and the challenge to ‘double jeopardy’
7. Unprofessional policing and timid leadership
8. Final reflections

Appendix A: Timeline of key events
Appendix B: Correspondence regarding Part Two hearings
Appendix C: Transcript of Sir Paul Condon’s presentation and questioning at the Inquiry on institutional racism
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