This was the Met’s George Floyd moment. Pictures of police officers pinning a young woman to the ground during a peaceful protest have been beamed round the world on TV and social media.
No one died, fortunately, but I defy anybody to look at those disgusting images without being overwhelmed by a stomach-churning sense of revulsion.
What the hell were they thinking? Who authorised this heavy-handed brutality? Does the Commissioner of the Met really think this is a legitimate way for her subordinates to behave?
At the risk of coming over all Chris and Glenn from Squeeze, we never thought this could happen to a girl in Clapham.
How on earth did a demonstration by women abhorring violence against women morph into a shocking excuse for gratuitous police violence against women?
Television footage shows Patsy Stevenson being slammed against a tree before she is forced to the ground and handcuffed.
Miss Stevenson was one of an estimated crowd of 1,500 largely female demonstrators who had assembled on Clapham Common for a vigil to commemorate the heart-breaking murder of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard.
Others were also dragged away in shackles. During her arrest, one officer is seen throwing a punch. Among those who had gathered earlier to pay their respects to Sarah was Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
Her presence was testament to the depth of feeling, particularly among young women, incited by this horrific killing. So you might have expected the police to handle the event with extra-soft kid gloves.
Especially as the man now charged with Sarah’s murder is a serving police officer, part of the elite parliamentary and diplomatic protection squad.
Read more: ‘This was the Met’s George Floyd moment’ – but anyone paying attention would have seen that this was inevitable when the police have been systematically infused for decades with psychopaths and brainless reframed software programs who have no capacity to assess a situation using common sense – and their chief Dick personifies the latter (see my recent now prophetic videocast)