How’s this story playing in the French media - if at all?
33 year old walking through Clapham Common alone at night murdered by Met officer, the Met subsequently way too heavy handed in dealing with a night time vigil held in her memory. Twitter alight with discussions about the daily low level abuse and harassment directed at women by men as well as more serious violence (where women are the victim, men are nearly always the perpetrator).
Meanwhile we have the Tory government pushing through the new police, crime and sentencing bill which, amongst other things, gives the police significantly increased power to prevent any form of protest.
Quite a situation, isn’t it, when one thinks that a benefit of a move to France is less heavy handed policing.
Er… didn’t the Police say, quite some time before the vigil, that it would be “unsafe” due to the pandemic. Even the organisers of the vigil reluctantly called the event off. Yet many decided to break the law regardless. According to the BBC, a Campaign group “Sisters Uncut” decided to go against all the advice. A quick glance at their website reveals a rather interesting attitude to the Police! So what are the Police to do? Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.
You’ve drawn that conclusion - I wasn’t at the vigil so I couldn’t say whether it was badly managed by the Police - or whether there was a level of provocation which justified a firmer hand - perhaps you were? I completely understand the reasons why those people - mainly women - wanted to be there and bring attention to the problem of violence against women. My point is simply this: they shouldn’t have been there in the first place…
It was only the Met that decided to police the vigil in this way.
Other vigils took place in the UK with police observing.
Time for Cressida Dick to go methinks and she can take Pretti awful with her as well.
Because of course they knew before they employed him that he would murder a woman . Rather a silly comment. But I agree with the second part of your post. It could have been handled more sympathetically.
However many, if not all, women experience the world very differently to men - and largely view men as the problem, and are nervous about walking alone at night.
The fact that the (alleged) attacker was a policeman will make that fear even more acute given that the one group a lone woman should be able to approach for protection would be the police - the whole thing has undermined that trust.
Other vigils went ahead without drawing this response from police, the Met’s actions just smack of it trying to suppress perceived (and actual) criticism.