Are police accounts using #NotAllPolice to silence women speaking out?
All eyes are on the Met as they fight to keep Britain's largest police force from the chopping block, but are online police accounts derailing the work ahead?
As stories of police-perpetrated abuse against women continue to emerge, barrels of “bad apples” were dumped outside Metropolitan Police’s headquarters last week by women’s charity, Refuge. Public confidence in national policing is in crisis, lead firmly by Britain's largest police force. Can any trust be salvaged from an institution that continues to fail women? Or will the few officers intent on closing ranks see out the demolition of the service altogether?
The arrest of David Carrick who last week pleaded guilty to a staggering 49 offences, including 24 rapes over the past two decades, has once again rocked women’s confidence in the Met police. That the force ignored a total of eight warnings about Carrick’s abusive behaviour, from several women, has displayed the inadequacies of the force to tackle serial sexual offending by officers from within. This lead Downing Street to comment that faith in the police had been “shattered”, adding “police forces must root out these officers to…
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