Boris Johnson has insisted he has full confidence in Britain’s most senior policemans, Cressida Dick, despite anger at her force’s handling of a vigil for Sarah Everard at the weekend.
The prime minister said he was “really worried” about the images that appeared from the occasion on Saturday night after Everard’s death, however guaranteed the government will make sure women feel “effectively heard and attended to” when they make grievances of sexual assault or harassment.
” The cops do have a very challenging job but there’s no question that the scenes that we saw were very stressful,” Johnson confessed in an interview with broadcasters throughout a visit to Coventry.
He included that while he backed numerous reviews being performed into the Metropolitan cops’s behaviour and the direction they were given “individuals have actually got to believe in the police”.
Johnson said: “The basic issue that we have to deal with … is that women need to feel and people need to feel, but ladies should feel in particular that when they make severe problems about violence, about assault, that they are effectively heard and correctly attended to. And we’re going to make certain that occurs.”
Penis’s position appeared to be in jeopardy after she was openly rebuked by the house secretary, Priti Patel, and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for providing an unacceptable explanation as to why cops broke up Saturday’s vigil for Everard in Clapham Common, south London.
But on Monday, prior to Dick’s conference with the prime minister to talk about how to secure females and ladies from violence, the policing minister, Kit Malthouse, stated she ought to stay in her post, as did Anna Birley, from the group Reclaim These Streets.
” We are a motion of women seeking to support and empower other ladies, and as one of the most senior women in British policing history, we do not want to add to the pile-on,” Birley informed ITV’s Good Early morning Britain.
” We do desire her to meet with us. We were hugely disappointed that she put out a statement yesterday without talking with any of the people who were organising the vigil and had such a tough experience with the Metropolitan police.”
Asked by Sky News if he backed calls for Penis to resign, Malthouse stated: “I do not, and I do identify that cops remain in an exceptionally difficult position.”
Sarah Jones, the shadow policing minister, also declined to back needs for Penis to stand down, informing BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the focus “needs to be on Sarah Everard and the increasing problems of violence against women”. However she said answers were required as the authorities response on Saturday was “the incorrect one”.
Malthouse said officers had actually been confronted with “a very hard choice” because of the pandemic and the home secretary’s instructions that mass events were to be avoided and were prohibited.
He informed the Today programme that senior Met police officers “laid out their approach” to the federal government on Friday early morning with respect to the Sarah Everard vigil. Nevertheless, he said this did not enter into the “operational information” such as detaining participants however “we did go over the possibilities of encouraging an alternative, an online vigil, all those other things for individuals to reveal their natural anger on these concern”.
It was recommended to Malthouse that the scenes on Saturday night “were made inescapable … by the decision of political leaders and the authorities to simply state that something that was going to take place, should not really occur”.
But the minister rejected that characterisation, stating: “Authorities are accountable for the on-the-ground decision-making, and for preparation and handling the repercussions of particular occasions or scenarios.”
Malthouse likewise turned down criticism of the cops, criminal activity, sentencing and courts expense amidst cautions it will even more clamp down on the right to protest by handing more powers to the home secretary and the authorities. Labour has stated it will vote versus the costs, which is being gone over in parliament on Monday, and human rights groups, trades unions and faith communities have advised the federal government to reassess its provisions.
Malthouse said: “We’ve seen demonstrations over the last couple of years adjust its methods and we undoubtedly need to adjust the legislation in what I believe is a fairly moderate method, identifying that demonstration and freedom of speech is absolutely basic to our democracy, however it needs to be stabilized versus the rights of others, to tackle their business.”