In May 2020, yet another police officer, Timothy Brehmer, killed his lover Claire Parry. As a “trained and experienced” road traffic police officer, “you must have known that her body had gone limp after your assault on her,” the judge said to Brehmer in court.
The mother of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, two sisters stabbed to death in a park in Wembley, north London last summer said her grief had “been taken to another place” after two officers were suspended for allegedly taking selfies next to the women’s bodies. A further six officers were investigated over the photos but not suspended.
Labour MP Zarah Sultana tweeted yesterday: “Can we please think beyond ‘more police officers’ as the only response to violence against women and girls?”
And others agreed: “Better checks on police [recruitment] would be a start. Too many of them commit crimes. And they’re supposed to protect the public.”
The Metropolitan Police’s latest move is also disturbing: it is threatening to prosecute the organisers of a socially distanced vigil for Sarah Everard taking place this Saturday in Clapham. The #ReclaimTheseStreets organisers say they want to “channel the collective grief, outrage and sadness in our community”.
It’s ironic then that, earlier this week, the Met tried to show they were marking International Women’s Day with events across London. Cressida Dick can celebrate all the women’s days she wants. She can tell us that this latest case is rare and shocking – but we know the truth: that it’s not just a few bad apples.
There’s a structural problem with the police, it lets violent men join their ranks and it fosters a culture of impunity. Time and again, the police show us their true violent colours.Print