London's top police officer is facing calls to resign, sparking a viral hashtag 'DickOut' to trend on Twitter on Sunday.
The head of the Metropolitan Police, Dame Cressida Dick, has insisted she will not step down despite thousands of people protesting in London today at the actions of police at a vigil for 33-year-old Sarah Everard.
Sarah, a 33-year-old marketing executive, went missing after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, at about 9pm on March 3. Serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens has now been charged with her kidnapping and murder.
A vigil was organised on Saturday night at Clapham Common which turned nasty when police intervened, claiming those taking part were breaking Coronavirus lockdown laws. Four arrests were made.
The police's actions have been widely condemned and the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has said an independent review into the incident will take place.
Ms Patel was also a target for thousands of people who attended a protest in Parliament Square today, with some chanting "f*** Priti Patel".
On Twitter philosophy professor Sophie Grace Chappell said: "we'll keep women safe in the UK unless of course they try and express their concerns about their own safety, in which case we'll physically attack them £DickOut."
Writer Rob McGibbon said: "The policing situation at Clapham Common is an utter disgrace and an avoidable fiasco of huge proportions. Who is responsible for these actions? The Metropolitan Police deserves better leadership than this. Grow a brain. Cressida Dick should resign. £DickOut "
EmilySlade1 said: "If such a gathering in the open air with masks on would be 'unsafe' why are they opening the schools?"
KaryJaybe101 said: "Big shout out to the Met Police this morning who are keeping our streets safe from women holding vigils and candles. £DickOut "
Andrew Alan Morton said: "there was a place for the police at Clapham Common. It was to quietly and respectfully ask people to observe social distancing and to act as marshalls. They blew it £DickOut "
However, others have questioned the appropriateness of the £DickOut slogan.
Campaigner Jay Beecher said: "It perhaps wasn't a great idea for people to get '£DickOut' trending, considering the issue it relates to. But either way, they're right."
Deacon Blackfire said: "Twitter, you're sending me in two very different directions here £EndViolenceAgainstWomen, £DickOut."
Rory FBPvac said: "£DickOut to is absolutely not a good hashtag to get now, no matter how correct."
Numerous football fans also used the hashtag for their own purposes, accompanying it with a picture of their team's manager.
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