The Met has become an institution of power reeking of corruption, allowing officers to brush things under the carpet, and abuse the power the public has no choice but to give them, argues Liam Gilliver
“Shout out to a passer-by, run into a house or wave a bus down.”
That was the advice the Metropolitan Police gave for women who fear their male arresting police officer might not be genuine.
In fact, policing minister Kit Malthouse went as far as saying it is “entirely reasonable” to demand an officer’s identity and intentions. I’m sure that would be really effective in stopping a bent copper abuse his position of power…
The ‘advice’ comes after the stomach-churning trial of killer cop Wayne Couzens – who pleaded guilty to the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
“He stole her future,” Sarah’s mum painfully admitted in her victim impact statement, words no parent should ever have to say.
And during the trial, where the world sat there helplessly, there was a niggling feeling this could have been prevented. All the signs were there, why did nobody see this coming?
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According to reports, a vetting check on Couzens was not done “correctly” when he joined the Met in 2018. The former police officer was also linked to an indecent exposure incident just 72 hours before Sarah’s abduction.
His previous work colleagues said he was “attracted to violent pornography” and was given the nickname “the rapist”.
These emerging details lead to calls for Met chief’s Cressida Dick to resign.
But she won’t. And even if she does, it’s not enough.
Only one in 20 rape allegations in London lead to a suspect being charged; and according to the Met itself, out of 56,933 reports of sexual offences other than rape – less than 7,000 were actually solved.
But the villains aren’t always strangers hiding in dark alleys.
They could be the parent next door, the man who smiles at you every morning at work, and sometimes, it’s the people whose job is to actually protect us, who polish their badge every morning, share sexists texts in their group Whatsapp, and burn their victim’s corpse in the woods.
Only 83 of the 771 Met police officers and staff who have faced sexual misconduct allegations in the last 11 years have been sacked.
While 163 of the officers were actually arrested for sexual offences, a slim 38 were convicted after appearing in court.
According to an FOI request, 88% of the total accused were serving officers and 89% of the officers and staff who faced an internal investigation over complaints of sexual misconduct were male.
The Met has become an institution of power that is inherently corrupt, that relies on a toxic cop culture to look the other way, brush things under the carpet, and abuse the power the public has no other choice but to give them.
Cressida Dick needs to go – but so does the current culture at the Met.