Sarah Everard case isn’t just about male – but POLICE – violence against women

Why are the UK’s news media avoiding any mention of the Metropolitan Police Service’s collusion in the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard?

Commissioner Cressida Dick was well aware of concerns about Wayne Couzens, long before he planned and executed his crimes against Ms Everard.

He had been nicknamed ‘The Rapist’ by colleagues at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, which he joined in 2011, because he made some female colleagues feel uncomfortable, according to the Evening Standard.

The paper also reported that Kent Police took no action in 2015 after it was alleged that he had been seen driving around Dover, naked from the waist down.

And the Met – which he joined in 2018 – received further accusations of indecent exposure by Couzens on two further occasions. Neither of them were investigated properly in the days before he kidnapped, raped and murdered Ms Everard.

The BBC reported in July that the Independent Office for Police Conduct said a total of 12 gross misconduct or misconduct notices had so far been served on police officers from multiple forces in relation to the Couzens case, including about the handling of two separate claims that Couzens had indecently exposed himself.

And other recent cases show that police turning a blind eye to the crimes of fellow officers is at epidemic levels.

In this context, the Met put out a statement that its members were “sickened, angered and devastated” by Couzens’s crimes. Maybe they are – but is it only because he was caught?

“They betray everything we stand for,” the statement continues. But Met police officers betray everything they stand for on a daily basis.

Look at the Daniel Morgan case, in which the Met was found to be “institutionally corrupt” and Commissioner Dick herself was found to have obstructed access to vital information without reason.

And what punishment did she receive for this corrupt behaviour?

None. Instead she was rewarded for it with a two-year extension of her job.

Real people are disgusted…

… but does that really matter when the media – and the politicians – are backing these corrupt cops to the hilt?

Look at Labour leader Keir Starmer. In his speech at the party conference – on the day we learned Couzens had abused his police powers to arrest Ms Everard before abducting, raping and murdering her – he used rape victims as a tool of emotional blackmail to push for more police powers.

I’ll hand you back to Another Angry Voice for an opinion more succinct than any I could add:

The Met’s comment says staff recognise the concerns raised by Couzens’s actions and will comment further after he has been sentenced for his crimes – but I have no hope that anything useful will be said.

We’ll probably hear that new measures will be put in place to prevent such crimes in the future – that will not be enforced.

They’re likely to say that lessons have been learned – but nobody will act upon them.

The end result is that women will be left in greater fear of violence against them than ever – not because of men, as some in politics and the media are signalling, but because of the police.

You can bet the Met won’t do anything to change that.

If you want proof, all you have to do is wait for the reports of the next crimes committed by officers of the Metropolitan Police.

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1 thought on “Sarah Everard case isn’t just about male – but POLICE – violence against women

  1. Jon Lisle-Summers

    Welcome to Clockwork Orange.
    Behind the obvious failings reported in this article lies something else.
    From 2010, it was Tory policy to cut police numbers. The policy has been a great success insofar as we reached 20,000 officers short of roster.
    Many of those officers who left the force had considerable experience built up over many years’ service. The background checks faced by officers back then were rigorous and thorough.
    At some point, the Tories began to realise that they were shorthanded. The Party of “law & order” was increasing police powers whilst diminishing police numbers. It’s amazingly similar to what’s happening in other key skilled occupations (HGV?).
    So the Party announced extra police recruitment, as if that was the instant answer. Problem solved? Not.
    To achieve the “numbers” the background checks have been scaled back. So, more dodgy individuals got the green light to become the blue lights.
    Furthermore a cadet fresh out of training is not an effective officer. That takes two to three years of experience – any police officer can tell you that.
    The upshot of all the Tory shambolic twists and turns is that we now have less effective policing by more dodgy officers, led by more dodgy officers being investigated by more dodgy officers. What could possibly go wrong?

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