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'Shame on you': Fury grows over London police officers' aggressive tactics in breaking up vigil for murder victim Sarah Everard

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Floral tributes are placed at the bandstand in Clapham Common in London, Sunday, March 14, 2021 in memory of Sarah Everard who was abducted and murdered after last being seen walking home from a friend's apartment in south London on the night of March 3.

London police were facing severe scrutiny Sunday after forcibly breaking up a vigil protesting violence against women and honoring murder victim Sarah Everard, whom a police officer is accused of killing.

Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said the vigil had to be halted because of COVID-19 concerns. Video from the scene shows police taking women away in handcuffs as bystanders called out “shame on you” and “let them go.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called police behavior “unacceptable” and said he had reached out to Dick for an explanation.

“The police have a responsibility to enforce COVID laws,” Khan said. “But from images I’ve seen it’s clear the response was at times neither appropriate nor proportionate.” 

The advocacy group Reclaim These Streets said that its leaders also were seeking a meeting with Dick.

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