A childhood friend of Stephen Lawrence spoke today of his ambition to become mayor of Lewisham.A childhood friend? I….
No! Surely not…?
Duwayne Brooks was with Stephen, 18, when he was murdered in Eltham by a group of white youths chanting racist abuse in April 1993.
Mr Brooks, 38, is now a Liberal Democrat councillor in Lewisham and aims to stand for election as borough mayor next year.*settles in with big bag of popcorn*
He says his first move if elected to lead the council would be to send letters to gang members inviting them to meet him at the town hall. He says his struggle since Stephen’s murder means crime families respect him and will take him up on the offer.
“Gang members will be told to come and see me,” he said. “There will be two choices. One will be to engage and come on board and follow me to help make Lewisham a safer place. Or, if you want to continue in this gang stuff, then I’ll get rid of you and your family.”Really? And…how are you going to achieve that, within current laws? What policies do you have?
He added: “It’ll be easy peasy.”Oh. OK then…
Mr Brooks claimed he knew gang members from his time growing up in Deptford, and those in Lewisham “all know of me” .Yes. I rather suspect they do.