SARAH EVERARD Vigil
Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick is under pressure to resign after shocking scenes of police clashing with women during a watch for Sarah Everard on Saturday evening. For Sarah Everard. Police and a crowd of people attending the South London event are seen in a video grappling before a police officer stands in front of a woman on the ground.
Later, the woman is lifted from her knees before two male officers forcefully push her from behind towards the crowd.
The woman, yet unidentified, then tries to lean over the officers and is pushed again.
In memory of Sarah Everard, she can be heard shouting that she tried to take back her glasses while the police clashed with the women participating in the watch. Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick is under pressure to resign the 33-year-old marketing executive after shocking scenes at the memorial event.
Other footage shows the officers taking mourners on Clapham Common as members of all major parties condemning their actions. Interior Minister Priti Patel said he had requested a “full report” of what happened, and Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey urged Dame Cressida to consider his position.
In a letter to her, she wrote: “Numerous women across the country have told their painful stories of abuse and abuse. Your officers should have been in solidarity with those at Clapham Common tonight, they were not ordered to disrupt this mournful and peaceful protest. Interior Minister Priti Patel said he had requested a “full report” of what happened, and Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey urged Dame Cressida to consider his position.
This was a completely miserable tactical and moral failure for the Police.
“This is why we urge you to see if you can continue to evaluate your leadership in the service and maintain the trust that you have to protect and protect millions of women in London.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was looking for an explanation with “unacceptable” footage showing the police driving people away.
The Met said that the socially distant Reclaim This Streets seizure for Sarah, whose body was found in the woods in Kent this week, could not continue due to coronavirus rules. However, at the point of the seizure, people gathered and started peacefully.
Tensions escalated as speakers made statements about the police and asked officers to go to their homes before applying male hands to some women.
Patsy Stevenson was one of four people arrested during the seizure.
Patsy said she went to the meeting ‘to support every woman who cannot walk alone in the street for fear of men’. He told the Times: “I was afraid – they should have been there to protect and serve, but they weren’t.
“They handcuffed me and one of the officers told me,” I already have my hand on my baton. That really scared me. ”
Patsy said she was taken to the police van where she was told she would be free to go if she gave the details to the officers so that she could be fined for violating the coronavirus rules. Deputy Commissioner Helen Ball said the police were “placed in a position where sanctions were required”.
“Hundreds of people were tightly held together and posed a very real risk of easily transmitting Covid-19.
“The police must act for the safety of the people, that’s the only thing responsible. The epidemic is not over, and it is still not safe for people from all over London and beyond to gather together.
“The gathered was spoken by officers several times and for a long time. We repeatedly encouraged those present to obey the law and leave. Unfortunately, a small minority started cheering at the officers and throwing things out.”
Hundreds of grieving women continued to stand up for safety at Clapham Common on Sunday.
Visitors added flower tributes and messages of support to the growing sea of flowers surrounding the orchestra yesterday, where Police Officers squeezed out paying women.
Many masked mourners paused for a moment at the scene as the public support continued for the 33-year-old Sarah, who recently disappeared while walking home.
Two officers were seen patrolling the marching stand while the peaceful watch continued; men, families and dog walkers joined the women to pay their respects.
The two students who left flowers said that they attended the doorway watch last night, but were shocked, they were the only ones on the road.
This morning they decided to leave flowers to “show support for Sarah and her family.”
Phoebe Hunt, 20, told Mirror: “It was very sad to sit at home on the threshold of our door and wait for the vigil and see photos of the women who were attacked here.