Sarah Everard campaigners will tell court police breached human rights

Sarah Everard campaigners threatened with £10,000 fines over Clapham Common vigil will tell High Court that Met Police breached their human rights

  • Members of Reclaim the Streets to appear at High Court over Sarah Everard vigil
  • They will argue police decision that vigil was unlawful breached human rights
  • Police threatened campaigners with £10,000 fines if the vigil went ahead
  • Group cancelled event at Clapham Common, 그러나 1,500 people gathered anyway
  • Met Police criticised for heavy handed approach that led to scuffles and arrests
  • 사라 에버 라드 campaigners who were threatened with £10,000 fines over a vigil at Clapham Common will tell the High Court that the Metropolitan Police breached their human rights.

    Members of collective Reclaim the Streets had hoped to raise awareness and provoke change by organising a gathering of women on the common close to where Sarah was kidnapped while walking home from a friend’s house on March 3 작년.

    하나, despite liaising with police, the organisers cancelled the event and ‘strongly encouraged people not to gatheramid fears they would be hit with £10,000 fines.

    주위의 군중 1,500 people demonstrated at the south 런던 common anyway, 그러나, resulting in scuffles breaking out as police surrounded a bandstand covered in flowers left in tribute.

    Dozens of officers had moved in on the bandstand at the vigil to block access to speakers, sparking tensions in the crowd as mourners started chanting ‘arrest your own’ 그리고‘부끄러워요’ 장면이 빠르게 폭력적으로 변하면서.

    The Met received widespread criticism for its heavy handed tactics on the night, which resulted in four arrests.

    Almost a year later, members of Reclaim the Streets are set to appear in High Court on Wednesday and Thursday to claim the Met Police decision to threaten fines was against their human rights.

    팻시 스티븐슨, a Physics student at Royal Holloway, was pinned to the floor after joining hundreds of women to mourn Sarah's death at a vigil on Clapham Common in south London on March 13

    팻시 스티븐슨, a Physics student at Royal Holloway, was pinned to the floor after joining hundreds of women to mourn Sarah’s death at a vigil on Clapham Common in south London on March 13

    사라 에버 라드, 33, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Met officer Wayne Couzens while walking home in south London

    사라 에버 라드, 33, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Met officer Wayne Couzens while walking home in south London

    People clash with police during a gathering at a temporary memorial site around the Clapham Common Bandstand

    People clash with police during a gathering at a temporary memorial site around the Clapham Common Bandstand















    The organisation has revealed a summary of the argument it intends to put forward to court this week, arguing police breached their right to freedom of speech and assembly.

    The collective has said if they win, they will claim ‘modest damagesthat will be given to a charity focused on preventing violence against women.

    성명서, Reclaim the Streets said: ‘The evidence in our case shows nonetheless that the Police failed to discharge the responsibilities they have in a democratic society in the context of Article 10 과 11 진상 – to facilitate peaceful protest.

    ‘Rather than starting from the premise that the vigil represented an important exercise of individual rights to freedom of expression and association and seeking to facilitate the lawful exercise of those rights, they adopted the stance that the proposed gathering was unlawful and that they should actively deter those organising it and attending it from doing so.

    ‘We therefore ask the Court to make a declaration that our rights under Article 10 과 11 of the HRA [Human Rights Act] were breached.

    ‘If we succeed, this will set an important precedentnot only on policing during the pandemic, but also on the importance of the police not using high level decisions Parliament has made as reason to evade their human rights responsibilities.

    Well-wishers gather beside floral tributes to honour murder victim Sarah Everard at the bandstand on Clapham Common in south London on March 14 작년

    Well-wishers gather beside floral tributes to honour murder victim Sarah Everard at the bandstand on Clapham Common in south London on March 14 작년

    Vigils were held across the country on March 13 last year following Sarah’s disappearance.

    She was kidnapped, raped and murdered by Met officers Wayne Couzens, WHO used Covid laws to stop, handcuff and stage a fake arrest before strangling her ‘with his police belt’.

    He pleaded guilty to her kidnap and rape at the Old Bailey on June 8, before admitting murder at the same court on July 9.

    Couzens was sentenced to a whole life order on September 30.