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Pair gets life 19 years after hate killing

(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — REPORTING FROM LONDON — Two white men were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday nearly 19 years after they murdered a black teenager in a hate crime that shook Britain.

The brutal stabbing death of Stephen Lawrence on a London street rocked British society as an unprovoked attack that was motivated purely by bigotry and then investigated poorly by police. An official inquiry found that the bungled police response reflected an “institutional racism” inside Scotland Yard and led to major changes in policing.