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London police under pressure over clashes at women's protest

APTOPIX Britain Woman Slain
Posted at 11:14 AM, Mar 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-14 11:14:00-04

LONDON (AP) — London's Metropolitan Police force is under heavy pressure to explain its actions during a vigil for a woman whom one of the same force's officers is accused of murdering.

Hundreds defied coronavirus restrictions to gather and protest violence against women, but the event ended with clashes between police and those attending.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said scenes from Saturday's vigil in south London were "upsetting" and the capital's mayor, Sadiq Khan, said the police response was "at times neither appropriate nor proportionate."

Police said "enforcement action was necessary" because of the overriding need to protect people from spreading COVID-19.

Sarah Everard disappeared March 3.

Her remains were found earlier this week in woodland.