Refuge responds to High Court ruling that Met Police breached rights of organisers of Sarah Everard vigil
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Refuge responds to High Court ruling that the Met Police breached rights of organisers of Sarah Everard vigil
Kim Manning-Cooper, Head of Communications at Refuge, said:
“The vigil for Sarah Everard was a way for women to come together and express their horror at her murder at the hands of a serving police officer.
“But instead of allowing women to mourn her death, the Met police opted to silence women’s voices, declare the vigil unlawful, and pressure the organisers to cancel it. This is alongside the heavy handed approach they deployed with the women who went ahead and gathered.
“These actions were not only tone deaf, but as this ruling outlines, were an infringement upon women’s basic human rights. The Met should think very carefully about its decision on whether to appeal this ruling, and the message that this would send to women and girls all over the country.
“With women’s trust in the police at an all time low, the candidates to replace Cressida Dick as Met Commissioner must acknowledge the mistakes made and start the urgent work to rebuild this trust.
“The Met is an institution that is supposed to uphold the law and protect women and girls from violence and abuse, so it’s no wonder some women do not feel confident to report crimes committed against them with the Met’s track record.”
Notes to Editors
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