The London Metropolitan Police overreact at vigil for murdered Sarah Everard

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    Yesterday common sense flew out of the window as women attended a vigil at Clapham Common following the horrendous murder of Sarah Everard. A Met Police officer has been arrested and charged with her murder, which makes it even more shocking.

    Police have been criticised for their heavy handed behaviour, but on the other hand, others say the vigil was hijacked by attention seekers.

  • It's too hard to get an idea of what really happened from the media coverage because news outlets seem more interested in trying not to offend people,.


    I have no idea if the police over-reacted(likely) or the vigil turned into a protest which then turned into some violence.


    I saw a headline where someone was calling for all men to live behind a 6pm curfew. Madness. Once again, it is the permanently offended pushing their agendas and completely dismissing the real debate that needs to be had. So, instead of talking about safety for women and how best to approach that, some would rather lock up half the population.

  • Sadly, it looks as if there was an organised group there solely to cause trouble against the police. In hindsight the bobbies should just have ignored them however if the group were breaking the law it could be they had no other choice but to intervene.

    Unfortunately nowadays, media coverage doesn't always reflect the full facts.

  • It's too hard to get an idea of what really happened from the media coverage because news outlets seem more interested in trying not to offend people,.


    I have no idea if the police over-reacted(likely) or the vigil turned into a protest which then turned into some violence.


    I saw a headline where someone was calling for all men to live behind a 6pm curfew. Madness. Once again, it is the permanently offended pushing their agendas and completely dismissing the real debate that needs to be had. So, instead of talking about safety for women and how best to approach that, some would rather lock up half the population.

    That headline was true, it was said by the Green Party, most of the members are women


    Sadly, it looks as if there was an organised group there solely to cause trouble against the police. In hindsight the bobbies should just have ignored them however if the group were breaking the law it could be they had no other choice but to intervene.

    Unfortunately nowadays, media coverage doesn't always reflect the full facts.

    You can't just ignore them, if they're creating trouble with such a large crowd, its likely to get out of hand very quickly

  • The problem here is there are legitimate reasons to protest. Pushing for positive action towards equality is good, but why is it all protests lead to this battle with the police?


    It's a catch 22 because you could argue to simply remove the police entirely from the situation. But that's impossible because some are not there for the cause, they are there to cause trouble, to destory businesses, and to literally fight. Police are then in this constant point of explosion and treat all protests like a riot.


    Who is not to blame are the people who are attending these protests, vigils, etc. with peaceful intentions to bring positive change.

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    The George North BLM riots last summer in the UK were during lockdown and the police stood by and watched.

    The vigil on Clapham Common was also in lockdown, but this time the issue was much closer to home and the police went way over the top, in my opinion. A woman walking home alone was murdered and her body found some fifty miles away in Kent, with a serving Metropolitan police officer charged with her murder. The two issues are incomparable in the sense that Sarah Everard's murder is on practically every London woman's doorstep.

    Further, the UK government is debating a new law which is very ambiguous in its content and could make peaceful protesting in Britain a difficult process:

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    statues of dead men matter more in Britain than living women

    The bill never once mentions women.


    With UK police under fire, Boris Johnson pushes new bill that could end peaceful protests