Friday, January 20, 2023

More than 1,000 “rotten” apples were left outside the Met Police Headquarters

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A board that asks, “How many more?” was on Friday morning at a demonstration by dDomestic Violence Charity refuge.

A total of 1,071 apples were delivered to the site to reflect the number of Metropolitan Police officers who examined because of allegations of domestic violence or violence against women and girls.

The charity tweeted: “Police fail to protect women and girls when misogyny is rampant in their own forces.

“How much more has to happen before crimes against women and girls are taken seriously?”

As of Friday morning, more than 7,000 signatures had been added to an open letter from the charity to Home Secretary Suella Braverman, which called for “immediate changes to be made to the police system to protect women and girls.”

The stunt comes in the same week Metropolitan Police Officer and serial sex offender David Carrick pleaded guilty to 49 offenses against women, including 24 counts of rape.

Refuge accuses the police of “catastrophic errors” that resulted in Carrick’s “being able to join the force, remain on the force, be promoted and gain access to guns, and abusing the authority vested in him.” gave his job to harm women and silence them”.

“It can’t go on like this. We need you to implement change, and that work needs to start today.”

In the letter, the charity asks why Carrick was able to do this go to the police when allegations of domestic violence have already been made against him.

“Why could he pass the entrance examination? Further reports were made when he was a police officer, but nothing happened,” writes Refuge.

Carrick was only suspended from duty in October 2021 when he was arrested for rape, and his pay was suspended in December 2022 when he admitted the majority of the criminal charges against him.

The former officer was finally dismissed from the force on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner Barbara Gray, the Met’s head of professionalism, said earlier this week that Carrick’s 18-year offense was “unprecedented in policing” and apologized to his victims for not driving him from the force.

“We should have recognized his pattern of abusive behavior and by not doing so, we missed opportunities to remove him from the organization,” she said.

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A total of 1,071 apples were delivered to the site to reflect the number of Metropolitan Police officers who examined because of allegations of domestic violence or violence against women and girls.

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