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London Police Officer Pleads Responsible to Rape and Kidnap of Sarah Everard

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LONDON — A police officer has pleaded responsible to the rape and kidnapping of Sarah Everard, the British girl whose killing in March touched off a nationwide reckoning over male violence in opposition to girls.

The officer, Wayne Couzens, 48, made the pleas Tuesday through video hyperlink in a London courtroom, in keeping with the courtroom.

Mr. Couzens, who largely patrolled diplomatic premises, didn’t enter a plea in response to being charged along with her homicide, pending medical experiences, though his lawyer, Jim Sturman, stated he admitted duty for Ms. Everard’s loss of life.

His admission, after the police stated final week that Ms. Everard had died from compression of the neck, in keeping with a autopsy examination, prompted renewed anguish about Ms. Everard’s loss of life, in addition to conversations about girls’s security.

The disappearance of Ms. Everard, a 33-year-old advertising and marketing govt, whereas strolling dwelling from a buddy’s home in South London in March introduced consideration to a pervasive longstanding concern of violence in opposition to girls in public and at dwelling. Girls in Britain shared testimonies on-line of assault and harassment and the lengths to which they went to guard themselves.

Anger on the police crystallized after officers found Ms. Everard’s physique in a woodland and arrested Mr. Couzens. It then escalated after officers forcefully arrested younger girls at a vigil for Ms. Everard that had been banned due to coronavirus restrictions.

Many felt that the police’s techniques have been inappropriate, and protests sprang up in cities throughout Britain in opposition to a policing invoice that might have given the authorities extra management over dispersing protests.

An impartial authorities evaluate printed in late March discovered that officers on the vigil didn’t “act inappropriately or in a heavy-handed method,” though the occasion’s organizers maintained that the evaluate didn’t exonerate the police and that officers had acted dismissively towards them.

“At present’s information is horrifying and upsetting,” Reclaim These Streets, the group that deliberate the vigil for Ms. Everard, stated on Twitter. “She was simply strolling dwelling. That is the worst reminder that girls nonetheless aren’t secure in public areas, even from these tasked with defending us.”



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