Mr Lawrence says he has been 'stopped and searched' by police repeatedly over the years on the basis of his skin colour
"There can be no other reason, apart from racism, for me being stopped so often.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to supervise an investigation into a complaint brought against the Metropolitan Police Service by Stuart Lawrence, the brother of Stephen Lawrence, reports the BBC.
Stuart has lodged the complaint following an incident on November 16th. Stuart alleges that the incident follows a pattern of behaviour by the Police which had seen him stopped and searched around 25 times over several years.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Stuart said:
“I am being targeted because of the colour of my skin, I don't think it's because I am Stephen's brother.
'Whenever I have been stopped, I have never subsequently been charged with anything, and nothing has ever been found to be wrong with my car.
'I have never, ever, done anything wrong. I have never been in trouble with the law. I have paid my road tax and my insurance, and always tried to keep my cars in a roadworthy state.
'Of the 25 or so occasions in which I have been stopped, only two have been at police checkpoints – where they are verifying people's tax and insurance. The rest have been random stops.'
In a statement, he added: 'There can be no other reason, apart from racism, for me being stopped so often.”
In a statement, the IPCC said it would supervise the investigation following "careful consideration" of a referral from the Met on 9 January.
"The referral relates to an incident in November 2012 when Mr Lawrence was stopped by police officers but the complaint also alleges an overall pattern of behaviour against him by MPS officers on the grounds of his ethnicity," the statement said.
"Last year, the IPCC shared public concerns generated by a number of referrals alleging racism and announced it would closely scrutinise how the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) handled racism complaints.
"As a result of that scrutiny the IPCC has supervised a number of cases alleging racism in the MPS and undertaken additional work.
"We will be publishing the results of this and any further lessons to be learned from Mr Lawrence's case."