by: Chuka Umunna MP
published: 27 March 2014
Chuka Umunna has called on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to give a full, public and meaningful apology for the way in which the Police failed both Cherry Groce and her family at the time of her shooting by the Metropolitan Police in 1985 and in the decades since.
Mr Umunna has also demanded that the Lord Chancellor takes action to ensure proper legal aid support is given to the family during Ms Groce’s inquest. Over 100,000 people have signed a petition backing this demand in the last seven days.
The shooting of Ms Groce by the Metropolitan Police in 1985 left her paralysed from the waist down and was ultimately a significant contributory factor in her premature death in 2011. It was Cherry Groce’s shooting by the Metropolitan Police that precipitated the 1985 Brixton Riots.
Last Friday, following demands for a public apology, the Metropolitan Police said they were ‘happy for it to be known publicly’ that the family had been offered an apology on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service.