And Still I Rise: A Mother's Search for Justice by Doreen Lawrence

By Doreen Lawrence

'This booklet for me is a caution in addition to a reminder. might you by no means adventure what i've got experienced.'

In April 1993, Stephen Lawrence used to be murdered by way of a gaggle of younger white males on a road in south-east London. From the 1st police research onwards, the case was once badly mishandled. in spite of everything, lengthy after the case opposed to the 5 suspects have been dropped, the govt needed to provide in to mounting strain and carry a public inquiry, which grew to become the main explosive in British felony history.

These evidence go away the reader unprepared for Doreen Lawrence's personal tale of her son's homicide. during this uncooked, sincere booklet, she writes frankly approximately her formative years, approximately her fight for a good existence for herself and her kids and her hopes for her vivid, prompted son. Her account of the homicide and the botched and insensitive research by means of the Metropolitan Police is deeply relocating. She recreates the soreness, frustration and bafflement she skilled as she realised that there may by no means be a second while she may possibly say to herself that justice were done.

A chilly case evaluate ended in the invention of DNA proof in 2009. In November 2011, of the alleged participants of the group that killed Stephen have been eventually delivered to trial on the outdated Bailey. A accountable verdict used to be suggested on three January 2012.

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