All the women and men at the Met are angry at what happened and they are working their hardest to get Sarah justice done. In this context, none of us wanted to see the scenes we saw at the end of yesterday’s events.
It is worth saying, of course, that I fully understand the strength of the feeling I think as a woman who hears from people about their experiences in the past and how they feel about what happened to Sarah and what was happening, and I understand why so many people wanted to come and pay their respects and make a statement on this topic.
In fact, if it were legal, I would have been there, I would have been on a vigil. And six hours of yesterday were really quiet and peaceful, very few police officers around, respectful people, people who were laying flowers, not gathering, and a protest vigil that did not violate the regulations.
Unfortunately, later on, we had a really large crowd gathering, a lot of speeches, and quite rightly so, as far as I could see, my team felt that this gathering now illegal poses a huge risk to people’s health as per the regulations.