UK Prime Minister Welcomes Racial Killing Verdict

UK Prime Minister Welcomes Racial Killing Verdict
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says he hopes the conviction of two men over the 1993 killing of a black teenager will offer “some comfort” to the man’s family.

A jury on Tuesday found two white men guilty of murdering 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence in a brutal racist stabbing that shocked Britain almost two decades ago.

In a statement, Cameron said Lawrence’s family had “fought tirelessly for justice.”

He said the verdict would not “ease the pain of losing a son, but … I hope that it brings at least some comfort after their years of struggle.”

Following the verdict Lawrence’s mother Doreen said she was relieved that the men “can no longer think that they can murder a black man and get away with it.”

The mother of murdered black British teenager Stephen Lawrence says she is still angry with the police for dragging her family through nearly two decades of agony.

On Tuesday a jury found two white men guilty of murdering Lawrence in a brutal racist stabbing that shocked Britain almost two decades ago.

Efforts to prosecute Lawrence’s killers were marred by bungled evidence-gathering and, as a later inquiry determined, racist attitudes within the police.

Following the verdict Lawrence’s mother Doreen said she was relieved that the men “can no longer think that they can murder and get away with it.”

Speaking outside the court, she said that “mixed with relief is anger, anger that me and my family were put through 18 years of grief and uncertainty.”

Associated Press

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