Khan and Patel rebuke Met chief over policing of Sarah Everard vigil

The Conservative home secretary and Labour mayor of London were both left dissatisfied by the Metropolitan police commissioner’s reason for the handling of a vigil for Sarah Everard and have actually called for an independent investigation, they have actually said.

A day of significant advancements saw Dame Cressida Dick’s future put into question after the vigil on London’s Clapham Common on Saturday evening came down into mayhem and claims of manhandling by police, triggering prevalent criticism.

Priti Patel, the house secretary, demanded a report from the Met which was offered today however left “questions to be responded to”, a spokesperson said. A Home Office source stated: “By meaning if she was satisfied, there would not be questions staying.”

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan openly rebuked the commissioner, who he assisted to select in 2017 as the very first lady to hold the role of Britain’s many senior authorities chief. Khan stated he was “not pleased” by Dick’s account of why officers clashed with women at the vigil and demanded 2 independent questions.

Khan said the scenes on Saturday night were unacceptable after he summoned Dick and her deputy, Sir Stephen Home, to Town hall to explain themselves.

In a statement the Labour mayor said he had asked and gotten assurances from the Met recently that the vigil would be policed sensitively. Khan, a previous human rights legal representative, stated this assurance had actually not been followed.

The rejection by the London mayor and home secretary of the Met’s justifications left the commissioner fighting for her job, with just over a year of her five-year term remaining.

In a declaration the Office stated: “The home secretary has checked out the report provided by the Metropolitan police and feels there are still concerns to be responded to. In the interests of making sure public confidence in the police, previously this afternoon the home secretary asked Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to perform a lessons learned review into the policing of the occasion at Clapham Common.”

The London mayor went even more. In his statement, Khan stated: “The scenes arising from the policing of the vigil for Sarah Everard hung on Clapham Common last night were completely unacceptable. My thoughts remain with Sarah’s family at this awful time.

” Last week I got in touch with the government and authorities to deal with the organisers of the vigil to clarify the law and find a way for it to take place lawfully and securely. On Friday a high court judge made clear there was a window to concur a method for a vigil to go on securely. I got guarantees from the Metropolitan cops last week that the vigil would be policed sensitively. In my view, this was not the case.

” I asked the commissioner and deputy commissioner to come into City Hall today to provide me a description of yesterday’s events and the days leading up to them. I am not pleased with the description they have offered.

” I will now be asking Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to carry out a full independent examination of events yesterday evening and in previous days. I am likewise asking the Independent Office for Authorities Conduct to investigate the actions of law enforcement officer the other day night.”

He included: “It is vital that these events are not enabled to weaken the powerful calls because Sarah’s [declared] murder for meaningful action to finally stop males inflicting violence on ladies. It was clear prior to the other day that there isn’t sufficient trust and self-confidence from females and women in the authorities and criminal justice system more extensively. Additional actions must now be required to address this.”

The declaration does not address the problem of whether the mayor has full confidence in the commissioner he helped appoint in 2017 as the first woman to lead the UK’s most significant force.

A source stated the talks in between the cops chiefs and London mayor were “frank, forthright and considerate”.

While police are operationally independent, the London mayor has oversight of Britain’s biggest force.

Sources said Priti Patel was “personally upset” by pictures of women being grabbed by authorities at the candlelit vigil, which the Duchess of Cambridge had visited previously on Saturday.

The mayor’s intervention came as the force’s response to officers clashing with females was described as being “from the handbook of abusers” by Nimco Ali, a federal government consultant on taking on violence versus ladies and ladies.

Ali, who is buddies with Boris Johnson’s bride-to-be, Carrie Symonds, likewise attacked “toxic masculinity” in policing around the globe. She spoke up amidst extensive criticism of Saturday evening’s “troubling” scenes on Clapham Common.

Composing on Twitter, Ali criticised a Met statement stating officers acted to enforce coronavirus laws. “The Met declaration concerning last night is victim blaming BS right from the handbook of abusers. ‘You made me do it.’ ‘I needed to do what I needed to due to the fact that I cared.’ Truthfully what is happening with this force?” she tweeted.

She said she was speaking as an activist not a federal government adviser.

Later on, Ali informed Times Radio: “Truthfully, it does originate from the handbook of violent men, where … you’re constantly blaming the victim for your act of violence, so rather than in fact taking accountability it was more like ‘women should not have turned up’.

” The authorities had the chance to select how they reacted and they responded in an awful way and a disproportionate way.”

Defending the authorities’s actions, the Met assistant commissioner Helen Ball said: “We definitely did not want to be in a position where enforcement action was required. However we were put in this position because of the bypassing requirement to secure people’s security.”

The previous chief constable of Greater Manchester cops Sir Peter Fahy informed the Guardian the coronavirus laws voted through by parliament left cops in an impossible position. “If politicians are going to rush to judgment on the basis of cellphone footage, having previously demanded authorities take firmer action breaking up gatherings, all police chiefs [are] in an impossible position,” he stated.

The leader of the Met’s rank and file officers likewise took a swipe at political leaders. Ken Marsh, the chair of the Met Police Federation, said: “Politicians of all parties need to make themselves familiar with all the facts before rushing to judgment and making declarations.”

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