As a watchdog rules that four police officers were guilty of "the most serious neglect of duty" which led to the death of Christopher Alder in 1998, UK Green MEP Jean Lambert, who was named MEP for Justice and Human Rights at the end of last year, has welcomed the results of the IPCC but is dismayed that such a result could take so long.
Reacting to the decision Jean said; "I welcome the results of the IPCC's enquiry into the death of Christopher Alder but I am appalled that an apology from the Police Officers responsible has taken eight years. It is a disgrace that the Alder family have had to suffer and struggle for nearly a decade before they could finally put Christopher to rest.
"It is quite incredible that Police Officers, who are meant to protect us all, could simply stand by and watch another human being die, regardless of their race.
"Unfortunately there are still far too many families who feel that they have not achieved any justice from the system and continue to battle for the truth. I trust that assurances and apologies from Tim Hollis will mean that no other families will have to go through what Christopher Alder's family have suffered since 1998."
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.