British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday evening promised to investigate the role played by London police in the wake of the assassination of Sarah Evard. Hundreds of people gathered Saturday evening in violation of corona rules. The police then acted harshly, which led to riots between the police and some of the vigilante participants.
Video images and photos on social media show how police control and handcuff activists. Four people were arrested for violating corona rules and disturbing public order. There have been negative reactions from politicians to how the police have handled the awareness.
“Like anyone who has seen this, I’m very concerned about Saturday night’s Club Common’s pictures,” Johnson said, referring to South London Park where the awareness took place. London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls the scenes “unacceptable.”
Enforcement led to “physical abuse.”
The organization behind Awareness, which is restoring these streets, is angry at agents who “physically abuse women during awareness against male violence”. Johnson said Monday he will meet with a special judicial task force to discuss violence against women.
Enforcement is necessary, according to London Police. “We repeatedly asked visitors to comply with the law and leave. Unfortunately, a minority started chanting, pushing and throwing at the officers,” Assistant Commissioner Helen Paul said.
Sarah Everest went missing on March 3 while on foot in her hometown of London. Earlier this week, his body was found and 48-year-old agent Wayne Cousins was arrested as the prime suspect. A thirty-year-old woman, presumably his wife, was arrested on suspicion of complicity.