Officer on suspicion of murder and indecent exposure in a case which has raised serious concerns for the safety of women in the UK
The Police Watchdog for England and Wales has opened an investigation into the Metropolitan Police Service (Met) in London for dealing with an alleged indecent exposure by a police officer suspected of murdering a woman in 33 Years.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC Fund) said in a statement on Thursday that it would review whether the force had “reacted appropriately” to the reported incident, which took place three days before Sarah’s disappearance. Everard.
The IOPC Fund announcement came as women in the UK shared their fears and anger over the insecurity they felt on the streets after Everard’s disappearance in London last week, and subsequent arrest of a Met policeman suspected of his kidnapping and murder.
A ‘Reclaim the Streets’ vigil was held on Saturday evening in southwest London, near where Everard was last seen, with the aim of highlighting the challenges facing women.
It was not yet clear whether the event would take place, with police voicing fears that the event could violate COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Similar events were planned for other towns and villages.
Human remains found
Everard, 33, disappeared shortly after 9:00 p.m. GMT on his way home from a friend’s apartment in the capital on March 3.
His image, smiling for the camera or captured by CCTV that evening, ran in UK newspapers throughout the week.
London Police Chief Cressida Dick said on Wednesday officers investigating her case found “what appear to be human remains” in a forest near Ashford, a town in neighboring Kent County.
The Met had previously confirmed that one of its officers on duty, a man in his 40s, was arrested Tuesday night for kidnapping and murder in Kent as part of the ongoing investigation into Everard’s disappearance. The man remains in detention.
A woman in her thirties was also arrested at the same location on suspicion of helping a delinquent. She has since been released on bail.
The arrested officer was reported to police on February 28 over allegations of indecent exposure at a south London fast food restaurant.
Announcing its investigation on Thursday, the IOPC Fund said it had received a voluntary referral from the Met for a conduct case in connection with the indecent exposure case.
The watchdog also said it would investigate how the suspect suffered head injuries in custody which required hospital treatment; police said the officer was injured while alone in his cell after his arrest.
Although his remains have not yet been formally identified, the Everard family paid tribute by stating that “their beautiful daughter Sarah has been taken from us and we are appealing for any information that will help solve this terrible crime”.
“Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and caring, caring and reliable, ”the family said in a statement.
Their statement came as lawmaker Jess Phillips, leader of the opposition Labor Party’s domestic violence policy, read to parliament the names of the 118 women murdered by men last year.
“The message that needs to be sent is that male violence is something that needs to be addressed and challenged, and the justice system and society need to be aware of it,” Phillips said.