Good Morning Britain: Susanna Reid Praised For Passionate Speech Over Police's Handling Of Sarah Everard Vigil
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The 50-year-old observed the photos of Patsy Stevenson being held down on the ground as she was arrested by the Metropolitan Police while at the vigil in south London on Saturday night.
Scenes of violence between police and those who wanted to pay their respects to Sarah were widely photographed and shared on social media, with the Met now facing fierce criticism for how the event was handled.
"This is not the image we wanted from that vigil on Saturday night," Susanna said as she looked at the photographs. "I think women are unsettled. They're angry, they're upset.
"This is at a time where rape prosecutions are at a record low. Curb crawling of school girls is still not illegal. A woman is killed every three days."
Susanna then turned her attentions towards the new police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, which will give Home Secretary Priti Patel powers to create laws to define "serious disruption" to communities and organisations, on which police can then rely to impose conditions on protests.
The bill, which is being debated in parliament today, will give police greater power to crack down on protests. It is now being opposed by the Labour party, following the scenes of violence at the vigil.
"The crime bill, which comes before the houses of parliament would give a longer sentence in prison for defacing a statue than the starting point for rape," Susanna added gravely. "There is an issue that needs to be dealt with.
"There is a woman who's the head of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick. She says she is not considering her position. But there are calls of course for her to do just that."
Susanna has been widely praised for her passionate speech, with Twitter users agreeing the scenes on Saturday night were "unacceptable".
The vigil was organised by Reclaim These Streets, who were forced to cancel the event after the Met threatened the organisers with hefty fines for breaking lockdown regulations. While the team behind the vigil then urged women to stay at home, thousands attended Clapham Common on Saturday night to pay their respects.
Sarah Everard went missing earlier this month while walking from a friend's house in Clapham to her home in Brixton. Family and friends alerted emergency services after they failed to hear from her and could not reach her.
Her body was found 60 miles away from where she was last spotted in Kent.
Serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has since been charged with Sarah's abduction and murder.