Standing Together to remember Stephen Lawrence

Forcewide

9 Apr 2019

Today we stand together against hate, as we remember Stephen Lawrence on the 26th anniversary of his brutal murder.
Stephen was killed in a racially motivated attack in Eltham, south London. The outrage and campaigns that followed changed not only how racism is widely perceived today but also the face of modern policing.
And to mark the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day our teams are doing all they can to make sure that the people we serve are able embrace the theme of the day and Live Their Best Life.
Tomorrow we are hosting a reflective service at the Amazing Grace Chapel, Beverley Road, Hull, from 6.30pm - and everyone's invited.
Together we will look back at Stephen’s life, the challenges his family and the wider community faced and the positive changes that have come about as a result of their determination.
Community Safety Manager Adil Khan, said: “Today, like every day, we will stand together with people of northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire to say that we do not and will not accept hate crime.
“Thankfully, in the 26 years that have passed since Stephen was killed, attitudes have changed and the vast majority of people know that targeting someone because of who they are is not just offensive – it’s an offense.
“We do all we can to support those who are the victims of hate crime and to show them it is not something that they should put up with.”
It’s not only attitudes towards racism and the abuse of other minority communities which have improved as a result of the campaign that followed Stephen’s death.
It has also led to widespread change in how such incidents are investigated and prosecuted by UK police – as well as how our forces are made up.
You can find out more about the work we’re doing in Humberside here.
Reaching out to everyone living and working in our area is a key part of this work and we have a small but dedicated community cohesion team devoted to just that, complementing the work of our Neighbourhood teams.
We also invite our communities to meet with us, share their ideas and any concerns and help us shape our policies and functions through the Independent Advisory Group (IAG).
Together, we work to help celebrate the diversity of our communities, understand our differences and dispel the misconceptions that often sit behind hate crime through a wide range of events and educational opportunities.
IAG member Peter Olouch said: “Stephen’s death was like a family member had been lost and wish we could turn the clock back on the events that led to his death.
“The relationship between the police and the community has come a long way since this tragic death but still has a journey to go on together.”
If you have witnessed or been the victim of hate crime, call us on our non-emergency 101 line, fill in our online reporting form or call into your local station.
If anyone is in immediate danger, always call 999.