originally by: IRR News
published: 23 January 2014
Today, the Institute of Race Relations publishes a report that shows serious deficiencies in the criminal justice system’s response to race-related killings.
Since the publication of the Macpherson report in 1999, into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, at least ninety-three people have lost their lives as a result of racially motivated attacks (or attacks with a known or suspected racial element) in the UK, according to research by the IRR. The criminal justice system’s response to these deaths is analysed in a new report: Investigated or ignored? An analysis of race-related deaths since the Macpherson report.
The Macpherson report was the catalyst for a multitude of changes in the way the police and criminal justice system respond to racial violence. But as this investigation shows, racial motivation is often still ignored, downplayed or not acknowledged by criminal justice agencies.