Clean bill of health for police over Sarah Everard vigil shows ‘institutional sexism’ –


Claims by the policing watchdog that officers did nothing wrong in responding to the Sarah Everard vigil show “institutional sexism running through the force”, the organisers of the event have said.

A review by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary released on Tuesday found the Metropolitan Police “did not act inappropriately or in a heavy-handed manner” at the vigil and that the force was “justified” in its approach.

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The findings, which saw the watchdog accused of “bias” becasue of its reliance on ex-police officers, came despite widespread criticism of policing of the event, with distressing images of women being manhandled and pinned to the floor by police going around the world.

The vigil was called to commemorate Sarah Everard, a 33-year old south Londoner who went missing earlier this month. A serving police officer has been arrested and charged with her murder.

Reclaim the Streets, which had originally organised the gathering, said the watchdog’s report showed clear “disregard for us as women organisers” and did not reflect the reality on the ground.

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