Woman pinned to ground as she was arrested at Sarah Everard vigil tells how ‘about 50’ police officers have contacted her on Tinder and left her ‘terrified’ 

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  • Patsy Stevenson, 28, was masked and pinned to the ground
  • She said that 50 uniformed officers later tried to contact her on the dating app
  • He has Tinder Gold so can see who ‘liked’ his profile without matching

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The woman whose arrest went viral under the watchful eye of Sarah Everard says 50 uniformed police officers on dating app Tinder ‘liked’ her in a ‘intimidation’ tactic.

Patsy Stevenson, 28, was photographed masked and grounded after being detained by police at the memorial on March 13.

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The disturbing image went viral and helped fan the flames over the suggestion that the Met doesn’t care about women and their rights.

Now Ms Stevenson has revealed she was contacted by several men’s offices on the app after surveillance at Clapham Common in south London.

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Because she has the Tinder Gold upgraded version of the software, she can see who has ‘liked’ her profile without having to ‘like’ it.

She said: ‘They were all in uniform on their profiles or used to say ‘I am a police officer’. I don’t understand why anyone would do this. It’s almost like an intimidating, ‘look we can see you’ thing, and that, to me, is terrifying.

Patsy Stevenson went viral after being caught on the ground by officers

Ms Stevenson, a physics student at Royal Holloway, University of London

Patsy Stevenson

Ms Stevenson, who is a physics student at the Royal Holloway, University of London, said she was adored by 50 police officers in uniform on tenders after being circumvented.

“They know what I’ve been through and they know I’m afraid of the police and they did it for a reason,” she told BBC London in an interview.

She also revealed that she had become the center of internet conspiracies since her arrest and ‘can’t count the amount of death threats to me’.

She said, ‘Now when I am out there is always this fear and I see someone is staring at me.’

‘I just want to be able to live the way you live without fear. But then, I am a woman.’

A meteorological department spokesman said they had not received any complaints about the allegations so far.

He said: ‘We have contacted the person speaking about these concerns to offer our support and inquire.

‘At this time we have not received any complaints regarding this incident, but we will continue to contact them about the circumstances so that we can establish whether any misconduct may have occurred, and determine the appropriate next steps.

Thousands of women flock to the park to pay tribute to Miss Everard

Thousands of women flock to the park to pay tribute to Miss Everard

‘Officers must adhere to our high standards of professional behavior both on and off duty. If anyone feels that the conduct or behavior of any officer on any social media or internet platform falls below these standards, we would request them to kindly contact us so that it can be properly investigated and appropriate action taken. ‘

Images of a physics student being handcuffed and held by two male officers sparked anger at Scotland Yard’s policing on March 13.

Hundreds of people joined a vigil in south-west London to pay tribute to Ms Everard, 33, who died after she disappeared on her way home.

The event was originally organized by Reclaim in the Streets, who canceled it because the weather said it should not go ahead, and no definitive answer was given by the High Court on the matter.

But people were present throughout the day, and officials did not intervene for the first six hours, while many people came to plant flowers, even the Duchess of Cambridge paid their respects.

Images of a physics student (pictured) being handcuffed and held by two male officers sparked anger at Scotland Yard's policing on 13 March.

Images of a physics student (pictured) being handcuffed and held by two male officers sparked anger at Scotland Yard’s policing on 13 March.

Well-wishers light candles around a tree in honor of Sarah Everard at Clapham Common in south London on March 13

Well-wishers light candles around a tree in honor of Sarah Everard at Clapham Common in south London on March 13

By evening, hundreds of people had gathered and refused to leave when asked by the police, leading to clashes and protesters were seen lying on the ground and arrested.

The Met faced a barrage of criticism, including calls for the resignation of Commissioner Cressida Dick.

An official report by the Sentinel, an official report from Her Majesty’s Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), supported the Met’s handling of the incident and found no evidence of heavy-handedness.

In June, Ms Stevenson launched legal action against the Met over her arrest if she refused to withdraw a fixed penalty notice issued to her.

She is also demanding acceptance and apology of wrongdoing.

Ms Stevenson’s lawyers say police have violated her rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association.

Viksi's policing has been condemned, with Home Secretary Priti Patel demanding a full report on the incidents

Viksi’s policing has been condemned, with Home Secretary Priti Patel demanding a full report on the incidents

They argue that exercising these rights would have been a ‘reasonable excuse’ for them to violate coronavirus rules prohibiting people from gathering.

And they note a report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights from March that said ‘going to a protest, if organized in a way that minimizes the risk of spreading COVID-19, is the reason to leave. There can be and remains a valid reason. Home during lockdown.

Speaking at the time, Ms Stevenson said: ‘I am furious that the police closed our place to mourn and comfort each other and I think male officers used physical force to do this. did.

‘I will not remain silent on such actions and I am ready to give a strong challenge to the police for their conduct that day, until there is an acceptance and apology for their wrongdoing.’

Vigilance sparked a crisis in policing after images from the memorial suggested authorities to be heavy-handed.

It was held during many of the UK’s coronavirus lockdowns and was illegal under the rules at the time.

But thousands of women came to the park to pay tribute to Miss Everard.

Police were seen apprehending several women, taking them in handcuffs and the force later said four people were arrested for public order and coronavirus regulation violations.

It condemned Choksi’s policing, with Home Secretary Priti Patel seeking a full report on the incidents.

She described the evening’s footage as “disturbing”, while Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey asked Commissioner Cressida Dick to “consider” her leadership of the force.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted that the visuals were ‘unacceptable’, tweeting: ‘Police are responsible for enforcing Covid laws, but from the images I have seen it is clear that the response is at times neither appropriate’ Nor was it proportionate.

Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball said police were placed in a position ‘where enforcement action was necessary’.

She said: ‘Hundreds of people were packed tightly together, posing a very real risk of easily transmitting Covid-19.

‘Police should work for the safety of the people, that is the only responsible job. The pandemic is not over and gatherings across London and beyond are still not safe.

‘Those who had gathered were spoken to by the authorities on several occasions and for a long time. We repeatedly encouraged those who were there to obey the law and walk away. Sadly, some people started shouting at the officers, pushing and throwing the goods.’

Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, who has rejected calls to resign, confirmed on Monday that there would be an independent review of the force’s standards and culture and that Home Secretary Priti Patel also investigated ‘systematic failures’, Which allowed Wayne Coozens to continue becoming a police officer.

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