There’s anger in the United Kingdom over the police handling of a vigil in honor of Sarah Everard. The 33-year old was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by a police officer, while walking home in London on 3rd of March. On Saturday, a gathering to honor her and other victims of male violence was broken up by police, citing coronavirus restrictions. Officers arrested four people.
Outrage at one police officer becomes anger towards many. Arrests turned ugly as police attempted to enforce pandemic controls at a banned vigil.
The officers’ response drew criticism from London’s mayor, who said they were not appropriate or proportionate. Britain’s home secretary has demanded an explanation from Scotland Yard.
London’s Metropolitan Police said the event had become a public danger.
Earlier, crowds had turned Clapham Common from a place of fear into one of defiance, reclaiming the park close to where Sarah Everard went missing.
The 48-year old policeman charged with Everard’s kidnapping and murder appeared in court. Searches continued at the accused murderer’s home, and the site where Everard’s body was found, as police collect evidence against one of their own.
The incident has shaken trust in the police, and raised concerns about women’s safety everywhere.
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