Justice Blinded Once Again by London Met Police in Shortsighted Publication of Lawrence Witness List.
"The Colour of Justice," a BBC broadcast based
upon the stage play from the Tricycle Theatre
Company, which, in turn, was based upon the court
transcripts of the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry
shows how the truth can be stronger than fiction.
Stephen Lawrence, for those of you unfamiliar with
the case, was a boy who lost his life as the result of
a racial attack upon him and a friend at a bus stop.
Stephen was stabbed to death and the case was
handled, to say the least, with ineptitude by the
Metropolitan branch of the London police
department. Since that time, due solely to the
endless efforts of the Lawrence family, the injustice
with which non-Caucasian people are repeatedly
treated by the police has come under a glaring light.
The report of the investigation stated that there is,
unquestionably, the problem of a pernicious
institutionalized racism existing within the police
force. Unfortunately, the release of the document
(publication of the inquiry) included an appendix of
names and addresses of all the witnesses and
others involved who gave information during the 7
years it took to take some action. The suspected
thugs (one the son of a well-know gangster whose
father, it seems, has maintained a continual contact
among the police ranks with one officer involved with
this case) are still at large and, naturally, many
among those listed in this appendix fear for their
safety and possibly their lives. The list even
appeared on the internet for several days, but was
quickly removed once the problem was realized.
This lack of foresight and efficiency will probably
result in an even greater problem as far as
preventing racist attacks is concerned, inasmuch
witnesses will think twice about testifying to help
victims since it can obviously have dangerous
consequences for their own safety. To put it
succinctly: If you can't trust the police, who can you
- "The Weekend of Terror" at the Tuschinski Theater
in Amsterdam will be taking place on the nights (yes,
that's right, it always begins at the witching hour) of
Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd of April. Among
the silver screamings will be "Dentist 2" (ouch), "Pi"
(how much is that in numbers?), "Virus" (oomph),
and Dario Argento's new version of "Phantom of the
Opera" (something in the way he smiles), not to
mention the Troma-retrospective including
"Bloodsucking Freaks" and "The Killer Condom"
(what a pair!)
Further info regarding event available @ www.wot.nl
- It seems that Monica ("Miss Oval") Wolinsky, the
famous authoress, arrived in England on the same
day that Stanley Kubrick died. Could this be called
"The Lolita Complex"? Or did he just want to greet
her arrival with eyes wide shut?
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