“When we heard about Sarah, the woman in us, the mother in us, we felt the pain” […] We had the face of those two women who were murdered in the park […] and with whose bodies the police took selfies” […] “But where was the outrage then?” […] “I came out because Sarah is me….You’re clapping but where where you last year when that 21 year old woman was murdered? Where were you?” […] “I’m coming out for you because it’s the right thing to do.” […] “This brutality of the police is not new to us.” […] ” If you see injustice for one make it injustice for all.”
“Two Metropolitan police officers were arrested after a photograph was allegedly taken of the bodies of murdered sisters in a London park, the Guardian has learned.
Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were found stabbed to death in Fryent country park in north-west London this month.
The sisters were reported missing after a birthday gathering on 5 June, and their bodies were found on 7 June. Police said several days later that they had been stabbed to death by a stranger who was likely to have been injured in the attack and who is still at large.
Smallman was a freelance photographer. Henry was a social worker and mother of one.
A criminal inquiry (was started) into the conduct of two officers over claims that an “inappropriate” photograph was taken at the murder scene and allegedly sent to a group of people that included members of the public. The Guardian understands that other photos were also taken, including one showing a police officer.
Commander Paul Brogden, of the Met, said: “I am horrified and disgusted by the nature of these allegations, a sentiment which will be shared by colleagues throughout the organisation. If true, these actions are morally reprehensible.” Guardian
Black Lives Labour observes that the police officers have remained anonymous, and that eight months have passed with apparently no action having been taken. This has all the hallmarks of an in-house kick into the long grass, with a mild reprimand and quiet reinstatement.
Surely the Labour Party’s renowned expert on human rights, and previous Head of the Crown Prosecution Service, should voice an opinion on this matter? Where is his support for the family?
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