Met Police launch investigation after woman reported being flashed at Clapham vigil

Police investigating the death of Sarah Everard opened up a new search area in Sandwich yesterday

London mayor Sadiq Khan also criticized police handling of the gathering.

After her visit to Clapham Common, the Palace said the Duchess wanted to "pay her respects to the family and to Sarah... she remembers what it was like to walk around London at night before she was married".

In one video obtained by the PA news agency, a woman could be seen being shoved forcefully in the back by two officers after being lifted from her knees.

Police said four people were arrested for "public order offences and for breaches of the Health Protection Regulations".

"Hundreds of people were packed tightly together, posing a very real risk of easily transmitting Covid-19", said Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball.

The woman, who only identified herself as Georgina, insisted in an interview with the news outlet Lambeth Life that a male officer ostensibly said the police had "had enough tonight with the rioters [during the vigil]" in response to a policewoman telling Georginia that the flashing-related incident would be looked into.

"We absolutely did not want to be in a position where enforcement action was necessary". "But we were placed in this position because of the overriding need to protect people's safety".

Metropolitan Police have come in for criticism after alarming footage surfaced appearing to show officers "manhandling" women during a vigil held in memory of Sarah Everard. Some of the signs at the rally read, "She was just walking home" and "We are the 97 percent"- referring to a recent survey that found that nearly all women in Britain had endured harassment.

The case has sparked a heated debate on women's safety in the public space.

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But it was officially cancelled after chiefs reached out to organisers to explain the vigils would be breaking lockdown rules. A huge crowd turned up Saturday nonetheless.

Khan, London's mayor, said on Sunday the police force had assured him the vigil would be "policed sensitively" but that this wasn't the case.

'I will now be asking Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to conduct a full independent investigation of events on Saturday evening and in previous days.

While the vigil was largely peaceful, things boiled over later in the day when police surrounded a bandstand laden with flowers and tributes to Everard.

"I think domestic abuse is an absolute illness in our society", she said.

London's police department is under scrutiny for the way officers handled some participants at an unofficial vigil for a London woman whose death led to murder charges against a fellow officer and spurred a national conversation about violence against women in the UK.

Her body was found in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, Westminster Magistrates Court heard. He was remanded in custody and has another appearance scheduled Tuesday at London's Central Criminal Court. Late Friday police charged the officer, Constable Wayne Couzens, with kidnapping and murder. British women are voicing their outrage.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the Commissioner should not quit, but condemned the policing on Saturday as "wrong".

Everard was walking home on March 3 when she disappeared after which a police investigation was launched. While many were grateful to see the mom-of-three honoring Everard, others were not too happy with how she did. The police said that Couzens had not been on duty at the time of Everard's disappearance.

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