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Police Slammed For Response To Football Win Crowd Versus Silent Vigil For Sarah Everard

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Police Slammed For Response To Football Win Crowd Versus Silent Vigil For Sarah Everard

UK police have been accused of having a double standard when dealing with massive crowds.

Many gathered in London's Clapham Common over the weekend to protest the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard.

The 33-year-old was on her way home from seeing a friend in Clapham when she was abducted and eventually killed.

Her death has sparked a wave of fury across the UK, with many women saying they are sick of feeling unsafe. They're also sick of being told how to avoid being a target and insist the blame rests on the perpetrators of these crimes.

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Protest group Reclaim These Streets had initially planned for a vigil to take place on Clapham Common, but were told by police the event would be unsafe in light of current coronavirus restrictions.

Nevertheless, a large number of people gathered anyway to mourn Everard's passing.

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In footage from the gathering, the crowd could be heard chanting 'shame on you' as police tried to disperse attendees.

Officers were seen pushing and shoving some of the people and an image of a woman being placed on her stomach and arrested has gone viral on social media.

Home Secretary Priti Patel wrote: "Some of the footage circulating online from the vigil in Clapham is upsetting. I have asked the Metropolitan Police for a full report on what happened."

London's Mayor Saqid Khan added: "The scenes from Clapham Common are unacceptable. The police have a responsibility to enforce Covid laws but from images I've seen it's clear the response was at times neither appropriate nor proportionate. I'm contact with the Commissioner & urgently seeking an explanation.

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The head of Scotland Yard, Cressida Dick, says she will not resign as a result of the police handling of the vigil.

Commissioner Dick was under pressure to make a statement about her future, however she has chosen to remain in the top job.

"What has happened makes me more determined, not less, to lead my organisation," she said. "I'm entirely focused on growing the Met to be even stronger."

The event is in stark contrast to the way police in addressed football fans descending on Ibrox Stadium and George Square in Glasgow city centre a week before to celebrate the Rangers' Scottish title win.

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Fans were seen lighting flares, marching through the streets and leaving rubbish in several areas.

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There were 28 arrests during those celebrations, with some people being detained for assaulting police.

Police Scotland's deputy chief constable, Malcolm Graham, said the behaviour after the win was 'disgraceful' and he 'utterly condemn[ed] the individuals who chose to completely disregard the coronavirus regulations'.

Another rally was held in London yesterday (March 14) to honour the death of Sarah Everard as well as criticise the police handling of her vigil the night before.

Clips shared on social media showed protestors chanting, 'shame on you' others held placards with phrases such as 'We will not be silenced' and 'End sexist, racist state violence'.

Former Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens has been charged with Everard's kidnap and murder.

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Stewart Perrie
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