London’s Metropolitan Police came under intense pressure after using heavy-handed tactics to break up an outdoor vigil for Sarah Everard, who was killed by a police officer.
“Last night people were very, very upset, there was a great deal of emotion, completely understandably, and the police, being as they are operationally independent, will be having to explain that to the Home Secretary,” safeguarding minister Victoria Atkins said to Sky News.
Police Commissioner Cressida Dick defended her colleagues as at the time, they have to make a difficult decision.
“We’re still in a pandemic, unlawful gatherings are unlawful gatherings, officers have to take action if people are putting themselves massively at risk,” Dick said to reporters.
Many vigil-goers have been suspicious of police already as a Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens, has been charged with the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard, a thirty-three-year-old woman who disappeared on her way home to London on March 3.