SOMERSET CEO Deborah Meaden has spoken out on police issues, reacting to a story following the conviction of Wayne Couzens, who killed Sarah Everard.
A police boss has been asked to resign after saying women “must be wise” about powers of arrest in the aftermath of the case.
Couzens, an officer of the Metropolitan Police, falsely arrested Ms. Everard in order to kidnap her before raping and murdering her.
Speaking to BBC Radio York on Friday, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Philip Allott, said Ms Everard “should never have submitted” to the arrest, sparking anger in line.
In the interview, he said: âSo women, above all, need to know when they can be arrested and when they cannot.
“She should never have been arrested and subjected to this.”
IMPRISONMENT: Police officer met, Wayne Couzens
He then recanted and said on Twitter: “I would like to apologize wholeheartedly for my comments on BBC Radio York earlier today, which I realize have been callous and wish to withdraw them in their entirety. ”
In a now deleted tweet, he also said: âNo one is blaming the victim.
“What I am saying is that we need to educate women much better about their rights, which I intend to take action here in North Yorkshire as soon as possible.”
But many are calling for his resignation, including Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer.
Sir Keir said: âHe should go. I can’t think of anything more inappropriate for a police officer and a crime commissioner to say at any time, but at this particular time. He should think about his position.
And Somerset-based Ms Meaden, famous for her role on the BBC’s show Dragons Den, also questioned police leadership.
In response to a tweet about the CCP’s comments, she said, âHe apologized, as if you can apologize for thinking so.
“What exactly is wrong with the head of the police?”
QUESTIONS: Deborah Meaden
Silkie Carlo, director of the Big Brother Watch privacy campaign group, said: âI know my rights. If I was stopped by a policeman with a badge and handcuffs during confinement, I would have no choice. Jess Phillips said the same thing this morning. It could have been any of us. She didn’t stand a chance. How dare you say that she “submitted”. Please, for our safety, resign.
Couzens, who joined the Metropolitan Police in 2018, was sentenced to life in the Old Bailey on Thursday for the kidnapping, rape and murder of the 33-year-old marketing executive as she returned home in south London in March.