Cressida Dick praised Stephen Lawrence’s family, admitting that the prosecution could not have happened without them.
She said that their constant campaigning for justice for their son during the 90s had the extraordinary effect on policing and society at large.
â€œIt is because of them frankly that we ended up with a public inquiry which has had the most massive impact on policing and beyond. I think it is perfectly possible we would not be exactly where we are today without the work they did.â€
She said: â€œWe absolutely acknowledge that 18 years is too long… and acknowledge that there are people out there involved in the murder of Stephen Lawrence who have not yet been brought to justice.”
She confessed that the way the police handled the first investigation and subsequent public inquiry had damaged the Metropolitan Policeâ€™s reputation, but the police had no live lines of inquiry at the moment.
Police admit they failed Stephen Lawrence’s family