A Show of Force by the Brits, even after one of their own Officers is Charged with Rape and Murder?

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UK police under fire for arresting women at Sarah Everard vigil

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There are calls for the Met police chief Cressida Dick to resign today after officers manhandled women at a memorial for Sarah Everard yesterday in London.a group of people wearing costumes© Provided by Evoke.ie

While the official vigil was called off due to COVID-19 concerns, women still gathered to remember the 33-year-old who was murdered this month.

Police officers were seen handcuffing and leading women away from the event.

Police said four arrests were made at the vigil to ‘protect people’s safety’.a group of people sitting at night: Police scuffle with people gathering at the band-stand where a planned vigil in honour of Sarah Everard Pic: Getty© Provided by Evoke.ie Police scuffle with people gathering at the band-stand where a planned vigil in honour of Sarah Everard Pic: Getty

The Metropolitan Police’s handling of the situation has been called out on social media.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked the Met for a report on what happened, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was ‘urgently seeking an explanation’ from Commissioner Cressida Dick.

Shocking scenes of violent clashes appeared online, one video showed officers removing women who were stood in the bandstand.a group of people in a room: Police scuffle with people gathering at the band-stand where a planned vigil in honour of Sarah Everard Pic: Getty© Provided by Evoke.ie Police scuffle with people gathering at the band-stand where a planned vigil in honour of Sarah Everard Pic: Getty

Onlookers shouted ‘shame on you’ and ‘let them go’ at the police officers who hauled the women into vans.

Jamie Klingler, from Reclaim These Streets, which had been organising the official vigil, said the event would have been ‘a lot safer’ if it had been held officially, BBC reports.

Jamie added that the group had 50 stewards who were ‘trained and ready to go’.a group of people sitting at night: Police officers form a cordon Pic: Getty© Provided by Evoke.ie Police officers form a cordon Pic: Getty

The official vigil had been called off earlier on Saturday after organisers said that police had failed to ‘constructively engage’ on how it could be held in a COVID-secure way.

The Metropolitan Police released a statement that read, ‘We absolutely did not want to be in a position where enforcement action was necessary. But we were placed in this position because of the overriding need to protect people’s safety.’

‘Let me end by saying that across the Met, we review every single event that we police to see if there are lessons that can be learnt. This one will be no different.’a group of people standing in front of a crowd: A member of the public is arrested during a vigil for Sarah Everard Pic: Getty© Provided by Evoke.ie A member of the public is arrested during a vigil for Sarah Everard Pic: Getty

Several prominent politicians in the UK took to Twitter to voice their concerns about the way it was handled.

Labour leader Keir Starmer wrote, ‘The scenes in Clapham this evening are deeply disturbing. Women came together to mourn Sarah Everard – they should have been able to do so peacefully.’

‘I share their anger and upset at how this has been handled. This was not the way to police this protest.’a group of people wearing costumes: A member of public is arrested during a vigil for Sarah Everard Pic: Getty© Provided by Evoke.ie A member of public is arrested during a vigil for Sarah Everard Pic: Getty

Conservative MP Caroline Nokes, who chairs the Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee tweeted, ‘Truly shocked at the scenes from Clapham Common – in this country we police by consent – not by trampling the tributes to a woman who was murdered and dragging other women to the ground. Badly misjudged by #metpolice’.

Earlier on Saturday, Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with Sarah Everard’s kidnap and murder.a person holding a sign: Pic: PA© Provided by Evoke.ie Pic: PA

She disappeared when walking home to Brixton from Clapham in south London on 3 March.

Her body was found in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.  Kate Middleton joined mourners at Sarah’s at the memorial without any obvious minders where she paid her respects.a group of people standing around a fire: A woman holds a candle at the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Images© Provided by Evoke.ie A woman holds a candle at the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Imagesa group of people wearing costumes: A woman talks to a police officer during a gathering in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Images© Provided by Evoke.ie A woman talks to a police officer during a gathering in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Imagesa group of people performing on stage in front of a crowd: A woman holds up a placard as people gather in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Images© Provided by Evoke.ie A woman holds up a placard as people gather in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Imagesa group of colorful flowers: Police surround the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Images© Provided by Evoke.ie Police surround the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Imagesa group of people standing in front of a store front at night: Police surround the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Images© Provided by Evoke.ie Police surround the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Imagesa person posing for the camera: People attend a candle-lit vigil on Clapham Common in memory of Sarah Everard on March 13, 2021 in London, England. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Evoke.ie People attend a candle-lit vigil on Clapham Common in memory of Sarah Everard on March 13, 2021 in London, England. Pic: Getty Imagesa man talking on a cell phone: People gather to pay their respects at a vigil on Clapham Common, where floral tributes have been placed for Sarah Everard. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Evoke.ie People gather to pay their respects at a vigil on Clapham Common, where floral tributes have been placed for Sarah Everard. Pic: Getty Imagesa close up of a sign: A placard rests amid candles on a bench as mourners for the life of murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard, whose remains were found this week in woodland in Kent. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Evoke.ie A placard rests amid candles on a bench as mourners for the life of murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard, whose remains were found this week in woodland in Kent. Pic: Getty Imagesa group of people in a dark room: People light candles at the base of a tree as mourners for the life of murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard, whose remains were found this week in woodland in Kent. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Evoke.ie People light candles at the base of a tree as mourners for the life of murdered 33-year-old Sarah Everard, whose remains were found this week in woodland in Kent. Pic: Getty Imagesa group of people wearing costumes: Well-wishers shout and gesture at police at the band-stand where a planned vigil in honour of murder victim Sarah Everard was going to take place. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Evoke.ie Well-wishers shout and gesture at police at the band-stand where a planned vigil in honour of murder victim Sarah Everard was going to take place. Pic: Getty Imagesa group of people sitting at night: Police officers form a cordon Pic: Getty© Provided by Evoke.ie Police officers form a cordon Pic: Gettya group of people wearing costumes: People clash with police as they gather in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Images© Provided by Evoke.ie People clash with police as they gather in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Pic: PA Images

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