Four ex-police officers involved in original Stephen Lawrence murder probe could face criminal charges

FOUR former police officers involved in the early stages of the original Stephen Lawrence murder investigation may face criminal charges.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said it has passed a file to prosecutors to consider possible charges of misconduct in public office.

All four ex-Metropolitan Police officers held senior roles in the first few weeks of the original probe, the watchdog said.

The IOPC said the ­allegations relate to the officers’ “actions and omissions” before the five key suspects for the ­murder were arrested.

Stephen, 18, was killed by a gang of racists in Eltham, South East London, in April 1993.

The original investigation was hampered by institutional racism in the Met and claims that corrupt officers tried to protect one of the suspects.

Regional director Sarah Green said: "Following thorough and careful analysis of the evidence, we have decided there is an indication that four former officers may have committed the offence of misconduct in public office in relation to their actions and omissions prior to the arrests of the five key suspects for Stephen's murder in 1993.

"We will be providing a full file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over coming days.

"It will now be for prosecutors to determine, applying the tests set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors, whether charges should follow and, if so, for whom and what those charges may be."

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