In 1993 Stephen Lawrence, an 18 year old black man, was beaten to death by a gang of racist thugs on the streets of London. Because of the incompetence, the racism, and even perhaps the corruption of the London Metropolitan Service, the crime went unpunished even though it was well known who the perpetrators were.
Stephen’s parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence, never gave up and continued to press for justice for their son.
Finally, 13 years later, DCI Clive Driscoll began to look into the case. He assembled a team and fought back against the racism of his superiors who didn’t want the case to be solved. Working with the parents, who initially were leery of his efforts, he managed to get some semblance of justice for Stephen.
He wrote about the case in his book In Pursuit of the Truth: My life cracking the Met’s most notorious cases, which was later turned into a three episode television series called simply Stephen.
Oddly the series was renamed to Conviction: The Case of Stephen Lawrence when it was acquired by Acorn TV.
As far as I know, Acorn TV is the only streaming service currently offering the series in the states. It’s well worth checking out.
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