Stephen Lawrence Documentary Sparks Police Corruption Probe
Metropolitan Police Service Will Carry Out a Full Investigation
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has voiced concerns over the controversial BBC documentary ‘The Boys Who Killed Stephen Lawrence' which was screened on BBC 1 last night and confirmed that The Metropolitan Police will face a corruption probe.
IPCC Deputy Chair John Wadham said: "There are two serious allegations in this film and we will be asking the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to record the misconduct complaints. We could then expect the MPS to refer them back to the IPCC for us to decide how they are investigated."
The IPCC has received a formal complaint from Imran Khan and Partners on behalf of Mrs Doreen Lawrence, mother of Stephen Lawrence, about the allegations in the programme.
The Metropolitan Police Authority have also expressed reservations about the "allegations of corruption" made in the documentary.
The MPA said: "The MPA has serious concerns about the allegations of corruption made in the BBC documentary ‘The Boys Who Killed Stephen Lawrence.' This case is not closed and if new information comes to light the MPA's expectation is that the MPS will carry out a full investigation."
In the programme reporter Mark Daly investigates Britain's most famous unsolved murder - the racist murder of black London teenager Steven Lawrence in 1993.
Daly uncovers compelling new evidence that fundamentally challenges the alibis of the 5 main suspects, Neil and Jamie Acourt, Luke Knight, Gary Dobson and David Norris, and claims that police corruption helped shield the killers from conviction.
John Davidson, a detective integral to the botched first inquiry into the murder, may be investigated for corruption after allegations in the programme that he was being paid by the criminal father of one of the five prime suspects.
Full report published by Black Britain