Monday, July 20, 1998 Published at 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Lawrence parents urge police chief to quit
Doreen and Neville Lawrence have heard 56 days of evidence
The parents of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence have renewed their criticism of police officers at the end of the first stage of the inquiry into their son's death.
Neville Lawrence said his criticisms of the police investigation "have been vindicated".
He said: "I want to end as we started, with a minute's silence to remember Stephen Lawrence, and I would like to congratulate the courage of his parents."
His words were applauded before the inquiry in Elephant and Castle, south London, fell silent in memory of the murdered A-level student who was killed at a bus stop in Eltham, south London.
The inquiry has now been adjourned until September to allow lawyers to prepare closing statements and when other interest groups will also be allowed to give evidence on wider issues involved.
"At the time I did not set out with the intention of criticising the police.
"My one contention was that the police had allowed the murderers of my son to walk away free."
But Mrs Lawrence said she had become increasingly angry by the way officers had sought to blame her family.
When asked if Sir Paul Condon should resign, she said: "He was there from the word go supporting his officers and therefore I think he should resign."
He acknowledged that the commissioner had apologised over the handling of the case, but said this was not supported by the rank and file of the police force.
He concluded by challenging Sir Paul Condon to answer three questions.
Mr Lawrence wants to know: