Michael Wallace Co – Founder of Kickoff@3 “Words can not express what a great honour and privilege it was to celebrate Stephen Lawrence Day surrounded by so many like minded individuals and grassroots community organisations. Too many names to mention, so in fear of missing any single person or organisation out, so on behalf of Kickoff@3, SL Kings Fc & Yarnee Clothing we sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our heart”.
The event held at Bishops Stortford Park in Southwark was attended However a special by the Honourable Stuart Lawrence and was held in loving memory of his brother Stephen Lawrence who was tragically murdered 29 years ago in a racist attack.
The event is supported by Baroness Lawrence and the Stephen Lawrence Foundation.
It was a great day for all those involved, especially the young people who they are championing to be the next future leaders and role irrespective of sex, religion, culture, race, social background, post code, ability or disability.
Also in attendance was DCI Clive Driscoll the senior officer who facing almost unanimous reluctance, defied the odds to convict two men for the murder of Stephen Lawrence. picked up one of Britain’s most high-profile murder cases after finding hundreds of neglected boxes relating to the sickening attack.
The 18-year-old schoolboy was stabbed to death at a bus stop in an unprovoked racially-motivated attack by a group of white youths in April 1993, receiving two horrific stab wounds of 5 inches that severed axillary arteries and penetrated a lung.
Despite tip-offs from the community in Eltham, South East London, including phone calls and a note on a police car windscreen, the killers escaped justice for the murder for nearly two decades.
When Clive and his team took on the cold case in June 2006, he faced the challenges of dealing with a family who had lost all faith in the police, witnesses who felt wronged and officers badly hurt by the Metropolitan Police being branded “institutionally racist” in the 1999 Macpherson inquiry.
Nearly two decades after Stephen was killed, Clive finally got murder convictions.