Two women who were arrested while att
ending a Sarah Everard vigil in London in 2021 have been paid damages and received an apology from the Metropolitan Police.A lawyer’s statement on Thursday confirmed that the London police force had apologized and agreed to pay “substantial” damages to the women, Patsy Stevenson and Dania Al-Obeid.
The vigil took place in Clapham Common, London, in memory of Everard, a 33-year-old who was murdered by a serving Met officer while walking home in early March 2021. Strict Covid restrictions were in place at the time.
The police force was criticized by women’s rights activist handlingists for its hea of protesters towards the end of the event.
Officers forcibly removed women from the bandstand and some, including Stevenson, were pinned down to the ground.