STEPHEN Lawrence’s brother has launched a legal battle against Britain’s biggest police force, claiming officers have stopped him up to 25 times because of his skin colour.
Stuart Lawrence, 35, alleges officers from Scotland Yard have repeatedly targeted him as part of a sustained campaign of harassment.
The teacher, whose teenage brother was murdered in a racist attack, said he was moved to act after being pulled over by two officers in November while he sat in his VW Scirocco near his home in Peckham, South London.
When he asked why he was stopped, one officer told him the pair were “naturally suspicious” of him, he claimed.
He told a newspaper: “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.”
He said he has been stopped around 25 times but was pulled over at police checkpoints – where officers were apparently checking drivers’ tax and insurance – on only two of these occasions.
This was down to “no other reason, apart from racism”, he said.
A letter of complaint was sent to Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe yesterday, naming the officers allegedly involved in the latest incident.