A Met Police officer was removed from Sarah Everard case over 'inappropriate graphic' on Facebook

By Sarah Wilson
Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 11:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 11:48 am
The Met has already faced criticism for the way in which officers handled a vigil to Sarah in London (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A probationary Metropolitan Police officer has been removed from duties concerning Sarah Everard after sharing an "inappropriate" graphic on Facebook.

The officer reportedly shared the graphic on his Facebook feed on Friday 12 March, with fellow officers reporting it to the Met with concerns about its content.

The force has not shared details about the content of the graphic, but said the officer was removed from duties involving the search for Sarah Everard and placed into a non-public facing role, with a referral made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

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Met police expected to behave professionally on social media

The constable in question had been deployed by the force as a cordon officer to support the search operation for Ms Everard in Kent.

"Given the context of the officer's duties at the time, a voluntary referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in relation to this matter," the Met said.

The force further added that the graphic didn't "contain photographic images, no images of Sarah, nor any other material obtained from or related to the investigation into Sarah's murder", but said her family had been made aware of the incident.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said the Met expects its officers to "behave professionally at all times and this includes how they use social media."

"I take allegations that any officer or officers have failed to observe these standards very seriously and have referred this matter to the IOPC," he added.

The news comes after the force has faced significant criticism for the way in which it handled a vigil held for Sarah Everard in London on Saturday 13 March.

Images and videos of women being pinned to the ground, arrested and manhandled by the Met shocked many, and led to a number of political leaders demanding an enquiry into the behaviour of police at the event.

The IOPC, however, said it would not investigate the behaviour of officers at the vigil, saying "this type of investigation is not within our remit".