The government’s controversial new policing bill disregards the “needs” of sexual and domestic violence victims and overlooks the police’s history of “violence against women”, campaigners have warned.
Outrage about the legislation, which MPs debated on Monday ahead of a vote on Tuesday, has raged after the police faced fierce criticism over their aggressive handling of a vigil to mourn Sarah Everard on Saturday evening.
Dame Cressida Dick, the Met commissioner, has rebuffed calls to step down after her officers grabbed women standing on Clapham Common’s bandstand before taking them away while others at the vigil screamed and cried out. The police has said it had to act to safeguard public health during the coronavirus pandemic.
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