An activist who claims to have “50 cops” contacted her on Tinder as the vicious trolls who have targeted her since her arrest under the watchful eye of Sarah Everard.
Patsy Stevenson, 28, went viral earlier this year after she was arrested by police under the supervision of Sarah Everard.
She said officers started contacting her on an online dating website after she was handcuffed in the vigil at Clapham Common in London on March 13.
But Patsy has since been targeted by liar trolls and has been branded a liar and a “fame hungry wannabe” for sharing her story.
She explained that officers knew she was “afraid of the police” and had targeted her online “for a reason.”
He contacted her on Tinder, and she was able to view images of executives without swiping on them because of the Tinder Gold Premium feature.
It allows users to see the profile images of potential matches as well as their bios by those who have swiped right on them, before they want to be contacted.
Patsy said: “They were all in uniform on their profiles or used to say ‘I’m a police officer’. I don’t understand why anyone would do that.
“It’s almost like an intimidating thing like, ‘Look we can see you,’ and that, to me, is terrifying.
“They know what I was doing and they know I’m afraid of the police and they did it for a reason.”
Now trolls on social media have targeted her, with one writing: “Give the real victims a bad name, the stupid glory hunter needs to realize how much harm she is causing.”
Another added: “I never wished to slap a woman so badly” while a third posted “Wannabe hungry for gau fame wants to destroy innocent officers for his entertainment”.
He received thousands of abusive comments online just hours after his comments about the police were published.
Patsy has now hit out at the trollers, saying: “‘Why didn’t you report it?’ See thousands or so of comments now saying they don’t believe me.
“That’s why women don’t report anything. Start trusting women.
“I want to take this opportunity to remind anyone who stands up for me or women, you don’t need to use insults, we don’t need to use abuse or use people’s mental health against them.” Not required. I appreciate it, but be kind.”
It comes as the Weather Police reiterated that officers “must adhere to high standards of professional behavior” both “on and off duty”.
Hundreds of people attended the Vigilance Ms Everard, who was murdered by Weather Officer Wayne Couzens, was kidnapped on her way home following the death of Ms Everard on Clapham Common in south London.
The event was canceled after police said it would be illegal under lockdown restrictions and tensions had escalated over the arrest.
Patsy said the incident was “a turning point” where “everyone realized that we really all go through the same things”.
After police began trying to disperse the crowd, she said that “the gloomy atmosphere … got very scary very quickly”.
Patsy was handcuffed and held by two officers, and she was also issued a £200 fine – which she has challenged in legal action against the Met.
The Met said that Patsy should “please contact us and provide us with more information so we can work to establish whether an MPS officer is involved. [and] Would there have been any misconduct?”
We need answers as to why this was allowed to happen.
Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, who has dismissed calls to resign, confirmed there would be an independent review of the force’s standards and culture.
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel said an inquiry would be conducted into the “systematic failures” that had allowed Couzens to remain a police officer.
It comes as another weather officer from the same unit allegedly raped a woman on Tinder by murderer Wayne Couzens.
PC David Carrick, 46, has been suspended from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command and the court was told he “strongly denies” assaulting a woman after sharing drinks at two pubs in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Huh.
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