Criticism of the metropolitan police intensifies after the mismanagement of the vigil held in memory of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman who was murdered and whose death opened the issue of women’s safety to a national debate.
Despite the rumor of cancellation of the event that was supposed to take place at Clapham Common Park, hundreds of people showed up for the event. The group that originally sponsored and organized the vigil gave the statement to close the protest after police warned them about the security breach that could happen seeing the pandemic underway.
But this could not contradict the will of the people and hundreds of people still came to pay their respect by placing cards and flowers on the bandstand in the park.
Kate Middleton arrived as a surprising guest
Among the crowd, Kate Middleton made an unexpected appearance and then also paid her tribute by laying down some flowers. Some local sources told the media that the Duchess of Cambridge also wanted to remember what it was like when she walked the night before getting married. The Duchess was also filmed while visiting the bandstand where everyone was paying tribute.
The protest was carried out by Sarah Everard, who worked as a marketing executive, and she masterfully disappeared around 9.30pm on March 3, while walking home from a friend’s house through South London Park. Later, the body was found among the forests that were about 50 miles away in the south-east of England.
Wayne Couzens, 48, a London police officer was brought to court on Saturday and was being charged with and suspected in the kidnapping and murder of Everard. Many women shared their fear of walking alone and being attacked by men they instigated after their murder.