“This is not the image we wanted of this vigil,” she says, referring to the image of Patsy Stevenson, a 5’2 woman who was held to the ground by a group of police officers.
“I think women are unsettled, angry, they are upset. This is at a time where rape prosecutions are at an all-time low, curb crawling of schoolgirls is still not illegal, a woman is killed every three days, and the new crime bill which comes before the Houses of Parliament would give a longer sentence in prison for defacing a statue than the starting point for rape,” as her co-host Ben Shephard looks on in reflective silence.
This is in light of the police response to the Clapham Common vigil in memory of Sarah Everard, whose alleged murder has led to an outpouring of grief. The event was originally cancelled but people went out to mourn her regardless, seeking to be socially distanced in paying their respects.
Politicians have condemned the Met. Some, such as the leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey, have called for Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, to resign.
Sarah Everard’s case has sparked a lot of online reaction with women speaking about their own fear of walking after dark.