Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teen Stephen Lawrence, says she receives 'threats' and fears being out at night
THE mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence says she receives “threats” and fears being out at night.
Doreen Lawrence has revealed she still gets threatening letters – 20 years after her 18-year-old son was killed in a racist attack in Eltham in 1993.
It comes after her 35-year-old son Stuart lodged a complaint against the Metropolitan Police earlier this month claiming he too was the victim of racism and had been stopped 25 times by officers.
Asked if she had been threatened, during an interview with BBC HARDtalk, Ms Lawrence said: “I think in the early days our car and things was [sic] always attacked and there are times we get letters sent to the trust about me and recently there is one come through because Stuart has made a stand.”
She added: “I had to say to him yesterday - be very careful when he’s out and I’m always worried about me being outside.
“I try not to be out too late when I’m travelling home and stuff so the fear is always there.”
The 61-year-old, who founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, has tirelessly campaigned for her son’s killers to be brought to justice.
Thanks to her work, a public inquiry was held into the way police dealt with the killing - leading to major changes to the way murder investigations are handled.
Ms Lawrence told BBC HARDtalk: “Not everybody out there thinks what I’ve done is great.”
“I don’t think that I’m going to be safe whenever I’m out.”
She went on to say there were people who thought her son should be dead and have sent threats which she takes seriously.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Stephen’s death with a concert, memorial service and criminal justice lecture planned for April.
The Met has launched an inquiry into Stuart Lawrence’s claims under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The full interview was broadcast on BBC2 today and is now available on iPlayer.