U.K. cops face backlash after dragging mourners from vigil for murdered woman

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LONDON — London police faced a backlash from the public and politicians on Sunday for their heavy-handed tactics in breaking up an outdoor vigil for a woman whose suspected killer is a police officer. The disappearance of Sarah Everard, 33, as she walked home on the evening of March 3, has provoked a huge outpouring of grief and dismay in Britain at the failure of police and wider society to tackle violence against women. U.K. cops face backlash after dragging mourners from vigil for murdered woman Close sticky video Police had denied permission for a vigil on Saturday evening at London’s Clapham Common, near where Everard was last seen alive, citing regulations aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. But hundreds of people, mostly women, gathered peacefully at the park in defiance of the ban to pay their respects to Everard throughout the day, including Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. Late on Saturday dozens of police officers marched into the crowd to shouts of “shame on you.” Scuffles broke out and officers dragged women away from the scene.

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