Politicians refuse to apologize for their shocking attacks on the police manning the Sarah Everard wake
‘Armchair critic’ politicians refuse to apologize for their shocking attacks on police manning the Sarah Everard vigil despite official assessment finding agents not to blame
- Review of police response to Sarah Everard’s vigil has cleared them of any wrongdoing
- In the review, politicians were rebuked for criticizing officers without knowing the facts
- MoS contacted eight MPs who tweeted about an incident, but no one apologized
Opposition politicians who have been labeled “ armchair critics ” for their attacks on agents for handling the vigil for Sarah Everard have declined to apologize, despite an official assessment showing that the police were not at fault.
Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey and London Mayor Sadiq Khan were among those reprimanded by the review’s inspectors for rushing to assess the “ complex situation ” agents faced last month.
Last week, the review of Scotland Yard’s handling of the Clapham Common vigil in London released the power of misconduct and rebuke from politicians to criticize officers without knowing the full facts.
Police try to break a vigil for Sarah Everard at the bandstand on Clapham Common. The police response sparked a backlash
As reported by the MoS, last month’s vigil for Sarah, the 33-year-old marketing director, murdered while walking home to South London, was hijacked by people with political motives, with police officers being abused as they tried to disseminate the rally that violated Covid rules. .
At 7:26 p.m., a video of female protesters wrestling with the police was posted on Twitter, which quickly gained 12.5 million views.
It wasn’t long before MPs rushed to condemn the scenes, with Sir Ed being the first to say at 8.46pm, “Met police have acted horribly and done great damage.”
He then called on Met Police chief Dame Cressida Dick to resign, saying she had “lost the trust of the millions of women in London.”
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer joined the fight, saying, “This was not the way to check this protest.”
The MoS contacted eight MPs who tweeted that Saturday night, but no one apologized
He was followed by Conservative Member of Parliament Caroline Nokes, Chair of the Committee on Women and Equality, and London Mayor Khan.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “Some images circulating online of the Clapham vigil are disturbing.”
She demanded Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services report on the events, delivered Tuesday.
It concluded that while it had been a public relations disaster, the agents had acted “ lawfully, sensitively and proportionately. ”
The watchdog added that the criticism chorus showed “ a clear disrespect for civil servants. ”
The MoS contacted eight MPs who tweeted that Saturday night, but no one apologized.
Dame Cressida’s response to the report was candid, urging people to “ stop and think before judging. ”
John Apter, National Chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “ The investigation into the actions of the Metropolitan Police shows that the same people were too quick to make inflammatory, derogatory and insensitive remarks about police officers, with limited knowledge and context. . Those in charge should reflect on their behavior and apologize publicly to my colleagues. ‘
Ken Marsh, president of the Metropolitan Police Federation, accused “ armchair critics on their Saturday night couches ” for hastily coming to judgment.