The National Crime Agency (NCA) is our equivalent of the FBI.
On 16 October 2015 the National Crime Agency confirmed it is investigating alleged Police corruption following the death of Stephen Lawrence. It announced the investigation had started on 9 March 2015.
Stephen Lawrence died in April 1993 in South East London after being stabbed by a racist gang while he was waiting for a bus. It is reported many local residents named the killers in the days after the stabbing but Police failed to arrest the suspects for 2 weeks until Nelson Mandela highlighted the case on a visit to London.
In 1999 the MacPherson enquiry held that the first Police investigation was riddled with institutional racism and a string of policing errors.
In 2014 a review ordered by the Home Secretary found there were “reasonable grounds” to suspect a Detective Sergeant at the time of the investigation acted corruptly. There were allegations the Officer had been in the pay of one of the suspect’s fathers. The allegations have been made by a former Police Detective who was a self-confessed corrupt Officer turned super grass.
Following the 2014 review the Metropolitan Police stated they still believed corruption paid no part in shielding the killers.
It is stated five or six youths may have taken part in the attack which killed Stephen Lawrence. In 2012 (nearly 20 years after the killing) Gary Dobson and David Norris were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in Prison.
We await the outcome of the NCA’s investigation into the alleged Police corruption.