British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Sunday evening that there will be an investigation into the role played by the London police during the vigil for a murdered woman. During the vigil for the murdered Sarah Everard, hundreds of people gathered Saturday night, which violates the rules of coronation. The police then acted harshly, which led to riot between the police and some participants in the wake.
Videos and photos on social media show how policemen control and shackle campaigners. Four people were arrested for violation of coronavirus rules and disturbance of public order. Politically, there are disapproving reactions to how the police handled the vigil. “Like everyone who has seen it, I am very worried about the footage of Clapham Common on Saturday night,” said Johnson, referring to the park in South London where the wake took place. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan calls the scenes “unacceptable.”
According to the London police, enforcement was necessary. “We have repeatedly asked those present to comply with the laws and to leave. Unfortunately, a small minority started scrolling, pushing and throwing things against the cops,” said Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball.
The organization behind the wake, Reclaim These Streets, is angry with the cops “who physically abuse women during a vigil against violence by men.” Johnson said to meet on Monday with a special task force of justice to discuss violence against women.
Sarah Everard disappeared on 3 March when she was on foot in her hometown of London. Earlier this week, her body was found and 48-year-old agent Wayne Couzens was arrested as prime suspect. A 30-year-old woman, presumably his wife, was arrested on suspicion of complicity.