Cherry Groce inquest: son wants answers 29 years after mum was shot

Cherry Grocesource: The Guardian
published: 29 June 2014

Lee Lawrence says he has been waiting for 29 years to get answers from the Metropolitan police about why they shot his innocent mother Cherry Groce in 1985, leaving her paralysed from the chest down.

Officers raided the family’s Brixton home on 28 September 1985, searching for Groce’s son, Michael. He was not there, and did not in fact live there, but during the raid Groce, a mother of eight, was accidentally shot.

On Monday an inquest opens into her death in April 2011 and Lawrence hopes at last to find out the truth about the day his and his family’s life changed forever, with new information about the police operation expected to emerge at the hearing.

The incident sparked riots in Brixton that saw dozens of civilians and 10 police officers injured. Police marksman Inspector Douglas Lovelock was cleared of malicious and unlawful grievous bodily harm in 1987. Earlier this year the Met revealed it had apologised to the family for the shooting of Groce, who died in April 2011.

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