Cloth $14.50 ISBN: 9781447308485 Published April 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781447308478 Will Publish July 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 July 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In the wake of the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, this book serves as an important reminder of the 1993 Stephen Lawrence Case, presenting never-before-reported information about the inquiry into his murder. Panel member Richard Stone helps explain why the inquiry 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. Now available in paperback, this hard-hitting 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.”
Socialist Review
“What comes across very strongly in the book is the message of ‘unfinished business’ on all levels.”
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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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