Kate Middleton Is At the Center of a UK Police Controversy After Stopping By Sarah Everard Vigil

In early March,33-year-old Sarah Everard disappeared while walking home from a friend’s house in London; by mid-March, her remains had been found and a Metropolitan Police officer had been charged with her murder, and by the end of March, a vigil had been planned in her honor at Clapham Common, the park she walked through on night she was killed. The vigil was attended by thousands, including former South London resident Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, who laid flowers at the Clapham Commons bandstand per Tatler, a story that might have been reported on very differently had it ended there. But after the Duchess left, as night fell, the police forcibly shut down the gathering, with social media capturing footage of several women pinned to the ground and arrested. Amid widespread backlash for the seeming force of their response, police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick gave a new BBC Radio 4 interview — but her reasoning for why Kate’s appearance at the vigil was legal while other attendees’ wasn’t left many listeners wanting.

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