At long last The Cherry Groce Foundation has unveiled the Cherry Groce Memorial on Sunday 25 April 2021. The structure was designed by world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE.
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On the 28th September 1985, witnessed by her children, Cherry Groce was shot in her home by the Metropolitan Police. The foundation in here name are planning a new Memorial to be situated in Windrush Square, Brixton.
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.
Brixton stood still today (May 24) for the funeral of Cherry Groce, the innocent victim of a police shooting 26 years ago. Hundreds of mourners and well-wishers marched to The Brixton Seven Day Adventist Church on Santley Street, in south London, to the sounds of a New Orleans jazz band playing hymns.
For those who know the name Dorothy ‘Cherry’ Groce, the extent of their knowledge likely begins and ends with the night she was shot by police in 1985. Officers raided her home while she was in bed.
Lee Lawrence was just 11 years old when his life changed forever. He had fallen asleep in his mother’s room and was awoken by a loud noise. She went to investigate but moments later he heard a gunshot.
Police failures contributed to the death of a mother whose shooting by an officer triggered the 1985 Brixton riots, an inquest jury has found. Dorothy Groce, known as Cherry, was wounded and paralysed by armed police who were searching for her son in a planned raid at her home in south London.
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.