Confidence in London's police force crumbles as sex crime cases against officers pile up
London CNN —In a distinguished 30-year career with London’s Metropolitan Police, Dal Babu has seen his fair share of shocking behavior.
Babu said the sergeant in question was allowed to serve until his retirement, while the woman decided to leave the force.
Ruth Davison, CEO of UK domestic violence charity Refuge, pictured at the rotten apples protest on January 20.
Peter Nicholls/ReutersIn the latest case, David Carrick, an officer from the same force, pleaded guilty to 49 offenses against 12 women over an 18-year period, including 24 counts of rape.
Met Police officer David Carrick admitted to dozens of offenses against women, including 24 cases of rape.
Hertfordshire Police/AP“Or (we saw) the police officer using his status within the family courts to undermine her access to her own children.” Wistrich said.
“Certainly if anyone’s a victim of a police officer, they’re going to be extremely fearful of coming forward,” she added.
For Patsy Stevenson, one run-in with the Met was enough to alter her life’s trajectory in an instant.
Four Met officers are facing a gross misconduct investigation after ordering the strip search of a 15-year-old girl in a south London school last year.
My own daughters don’t trust the police: ex-police officerYet Stevenson said up until her arrest she had always trusted the police.
Despite growing up with a police officer as a father, he says they have also lost faith in the force.
“We talk about it often and, no, I don’t think they do trust the police,” he told CNN.