The fallout from Saturday night’s clash in a south London park between police and mourners at a vigil for alleged murder victim Sarah Everard was swift and there are growing numbers of calls for the top policeman from the police department to resign.
Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Chief, told Sky News that she will not be leaving her post and that the circumstances surrounding Everard’s death inspired her to continue.
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Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, undertook the 50-minute walk to a friend’s house in south London around 9 p.m. on March 3. She never arrived. Police confirmed on Friday that a body found hidden in a forest 50 miles southeast of the city was his.
London police on Tuesday arrested a member of the force’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command as a suspect in the case. Police charged Constable Wayne Couzens with kidnapping and murder on Friday night. Couzens, 48, was scheduled to appear in court on Saturday.
A crowd of people ignored COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday night and gathered to mourn the alleged murder of the woman and used the tragedy to highlight the dangers women face in the city. Some in the crowd held placards with messages such as “We will not be silenced”, “We live in fear” and “Women’s rights are human rights”, while others brandished anti slogans. -police.
Officers came under heavy criticism after images of police officers “abusing” and aggressively handcuffing mourners surfaced during the vigil. The New York Times reported that hundreds of protesters shouted at police in a park in Clapham, “Stop yours!” and “Hey sir, let go of your hands my sister.”
The Times wrote that the cops “fought shocked young women on the ground, the London Metropolitan Police could hardly have provided a better example of what women were protesting if they had intentionally decided to do so.”
The Financial Times reported that Sir Ed Davey called on Dick to submit his resignation immediately.
“People want ministers to act decisively, not to play during the wait time for reports. It is already clear that what happened last night was a complete tactical and moral failure of the police in the Met, “he said.
Fox News’ Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report
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