British police boss resigns after comments on murder victim | World news


By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) – A British police chief resigned on Thursday after he sparked an uproar over comments he made about how women should be more ‘on the streets’ when he spoke about the kidnapping, the rape and murder of a woman by a police officer.

Philip Allott resigned as North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner after being accused of misogyny and victim blame for comments he made in a radio interview to following the conviction of London policeman Wayne Couzens.

Couzens was convicted last month of cheating 33-year-old Sarah Everard in her car into arresting her on the pretext of breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules and then raping and murdering her.

In the BBC interview earlier this month, Allott said women “need to know when they can be arrested and when they cannot be arrested”. He said Everard “should never have been arrested and subjected to this”.

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The comments outraged many women as well as those working in the police and fire departments, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the comments were “misguided” and “totally the opposite” of what was needed .

The comments were particularly criticized as they were made with British police under scrutiny following Couzens’ conviction. Cressida Dick, Britain’s top police chief, has herself been pressured to step down and has recognized that the police must work hard to regain the trust of the women and the communities they serve.

Allott, who had already apologized and recanted, resigned after his staff gave him a vote of no confidence on Thursday.

“I misspoke and I am devastated by the effect this has had on victims of crime and the groups that support them,” he said.

He added that he wanted to “restore confidence in the office, which I think will be nearly impossible for me to do, and allow the voices of the victims to be heard clearly without being distracted by the continuing fury that surrounds me.” “.

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