The Metropolitan Police have announced they will seek leave to appeal a High Court ruling that their handling of the planned event violated the rights of the organizers of a vigil for Sarah Everard.
Last week judges condemned the Met for violating the rights of group Reclaim These Streets, which canceled their planned event in March last year after being threatened with arrest and £10,000 fines under Covid laws.
Two senior judges upheld a lawsuit brought by the group’s founders, finding that the Met’s decisions leading up to the event were “not consistent with the law.”
The force now says it “took time to consider with great care the decision itself and the broader implications for policing” following the verdict.
The Met said: “It is absolutely right that we are held accountable for our actions and that the decisions we make as police forces to uphold the law and maintain public order are duly reviewed.
“We also respect Reclaim These Streets’ strong views in defense of human rights and public protest, and their pursuit of justice for those views.
“As an organisation, we work every day, supporting and monitoring hundreds of protests and events across London, taking our responsibilities under human rights law very seriously.
“It is important for the police and the public that we have absolute clarity about what is legally expected of us. Because of this, we feel we must ask permission to appeal the verdict [sic] to solve the legal requirements in monitoring protests and events in the future.”
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/met-police-sarah-everard-vigil-court-appeal-b2039262.html Meeting with the police to appeal the verdict that it violated the rights of the organizers of Sarah Everard’s vigil