‘Disgraceful’: London Cops’ Handling of Everard Mourners Slammed

The London police handcuffed protesters at a vigil organised to mourn Sarah Everard, who was murdered by a cop.

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‘Disgraceful’: London  Cops’ Handling of Everard Mourners Slammed

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The Metropolitan Police in London has come under widespread criticism for handcuffing protesters who had gathered to mourn Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old who was murdered while she was walking back home, reported news agency Reuters.

According to the report, police officers scuffled with some among hundreds of protesters who had taken out a candlelit vigil near Clapham Common, from where Everard, a marketing executive, disappeared on 3 March.


The police’s handling of the protest comes after Wayne Couzens, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, appeared in court in London after being charged with the kidnapping and murder of a 33-year-old woman.

Everard’s murder, reportedly at the hands of a police officer, has sparked outrage on the safety of women out on the streets and their access to the space public.

According to local media reports, Couzens joined London's Metropolitan Police in 2018 and guarded foreign embassies before his arrest.



  • Sir Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat leader, has asked for the resignation of Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick for his department’s “utterly disgraceful” handling of the protest.
  • UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said that footage from the vigil was ‘upsetting’ while adding that she has asked for a full report on the matter.
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that scenes from the protest were unacceptable and that the response from police was at times “neither appropriate nor proportionate.”

Reclaim These Streets, a group that had initially organised the protest, said that they were both saddened and angered by the “manhandling of women” at a vigil organised against male violence.



The vigil was called-off by its organisers after the police denied permission, owing to COVID-19 restrictions.

According to the BBC, police said that it had made four arrests to “protect people’s safety.” Adding that it was only acting responsibly to ensure public safety, the police said that a review of their action would be carried out to see if any lessons can be learned.

(With inputs from Reuters, IANS and BBC)

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