129,000 people back family’s plea to PM for justice three decades after police shooting of their mother
· Family of Cherry Groce call on the Prime Minister to grant legal aid for her inquest
· Lee Lawrence: “My mother waited her whole life for justice”
The family of Cherry Groce, who was shot by a police office in 1985, will today take their campaign for justice to 10 Downing Street.
Cherry Groce was left paralysed by a police bullet and died of her injuries in 2011. An inquest into her death will take place in June but the family’s request for legal aid in order to represent themselves has been denied.
The petition started on Change.org by the family has already amassed over 129,000 signatures. Lee Lawrence, Cherry’s son who was 11 years old when he saw his mother shot, will lead the group of family members to deliver the petition.
Lee Lawrence said: “For three decades we have trying to get answers to what happened to our mother. Now we have 130,000 people backing us on our Change.org petition, our appeal cannot be ignored any longer. The Prime Minister has the power to say our call for legal aid is in the public interest. It will not bring our mother back but it will bring her justice. She waited her whole life for justice, we owe her that.”
The family’s campaign is being backed by their MP Chuka Umunna.
Chuka Umunna MP said “The Government should act to overturn the decision to deny legal aid to the family of Cherry Groce, as so many people have demanded in this petition. To deny proper legal support to the family of Cherry Groce, in a matter that is clearly in the public interest and when other parties at the Inquest will be taxpayer funded, is both perverse and wrong.
When we deliver this petition to 10 Downing Street, I hope the Prime Minister will make it clear that this is a matter of serious public interest and that this government has heard the voice of the 130,000 people who have signed this petition. This family has suffered through three generations of injustice, they need answers and the support required to get those answers.”