Family of mother paralysed by Metropolitan police compensated

Five children of a woman who was left paralysed by police in 1985 are to receive compensation from Metropolitan Police.

High Court judge declared that the police still had duty care to the children thirty-one years after a botched armed raid of Cherry Groce’s home in Brixton, South London.

Ms Groce was left paralysed in September 1985 after police raided her home and shot her, in a failed attempt to look for a son who did not live at the residents.

Lee Lawrence was eleven at the time when he and his three sisters were in the home at the time the police kicked down her bedroom door.

The botched operation resulted several nights of rioting in Brixton, last week courts acknowledged what the children had gone through as a result of Metropolitan Police, and ordered they should receive compensation.

Lee Lawrence described the incident: “The only choice we had was do we let it go, or do we stand up for what is true and what is right? And they deserve to be accountable for what had happened to us.

“What we went through was real and we were children in the house at the time that witnessed a traumatic experience which then had a profound effect on our lives.”

Lawyers representing the Metropolitan Police revealed that they have agreed in court to pay the family more than £100,000.

In 1993 Cherry Groce was awarded half a million compensation in an out of court settlement, following her death in 2011 the Met Commissioner issued an apology.

“The Metropolitan Police released a statement adding: “The Commissioner apologised unreservedly following the inquest. Having accepted responsibility for the Met’s failings, we sought to agree a settlement with family members prior to court proceedings being brought but unfortunately this was not possible.”

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 in News

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