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David Carrick: London Metropolitan Police officer admits dozens of crimes against women, including 24 rapes

David Carrick: London Metropolitan Police officer admits dozens of crimes against women, including 24 rapes
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An officer serving in London’s Metropolitan Police has admitted 49 crimes, including 24 counts of rape over 18 years, reigniting calls for urgent reform at Britain’s biggest police force.

David Carrick pleaded guilty Monday at Southwark Crown Court in the UK capital to four counts of rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault against a 40-year-old woman in 2003, the UK’s PA Media news agency reported.

At the Old Bailey criminal court in London last month, Carrick pleaded guilty to 43 charges, including 20 counts of rape, against 11 other women between March 2004 and September 2020.

THE recent series of scandals The UK’s police watchdog has shed light on what it calls a culture of misogyny and racism in the London police service.

Metropolitan Police officer in September 2021 Wayne Couzens was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, which horrified the nation and sparked debate about violence against women.

Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick resigned from his position In 2022, after a damning review by the Independent Police Conduct Authority, it made 15 recommendations “to transform policing practice” across the country.

London’s Metropolitan Police is currently investigating nearly 1,000 allegations of sexual offenses and domestic violence involving around 800 officers, the force’s commissioner, Mark Rowley, admitted on Monday.

“There are 1,000 cases to look at. “Some of these will not cause any concern when we look at them in the end because it will be an argument that the neighbors have heard, where the polls will show that there is nothing to worry about,” Rowley said in an interview with British media.

“But there, I’m sorry, we should have been more assertive in the past and we wanted to fire the officers and we didn’t.”

“We will turn over all these stones, we will come to the right conclusions and we will be ruthless in rooting out those who violate our integrity. I have complete confidence in this,” he said.

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) called Carrick’s case one of the “most shocking” it has ever seen.

CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal said: “The scale of degradation to which Carrick’s victims were subjected is unlike anything I have come across in 34 years in the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“I applaud every woman who bravely shared her traumatic experiences and helped bring this case to court and bring justice,” Narwal said, speaking outside Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

The lead investigator in the case, Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor, described Carrick’s crimes as “truly shocking”.

“The police service is committed to combating all forms of violence against women and girls,” Moore said, adding that “no one is above the law.”

Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Barbara Gray also apologized to all victims on behalf of the police force.

Gray said Monday that Carrick “should have been fired from the police service a long time ago.”

He later added: “We should have seen his pattern of abusive behavior and we missed opportunities to remove him from the organization when we didn’t. We are truly sorry that Carrick was able to continue to use his role as a police officer to prolong the suffering of his victims.

“The length and nature of Carrick’s crime is unprecedented in policing. But unfortunately he is not the only Met officer to have been charged with serious sexual offenses in the recent past,” he said.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “Londoners will be rightly shocked that this man has been able to work at the Met for so long, and serious questions must be asked about how he was able to abuse his position as an officer in this horrific incident. on the picture.”

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Khan commented that work to reform the Met’s culture and standards had already begun following an interim review and a new, anonymous police complaints hotline and anti-corruption team had recently been set up by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley.

“But more can and should be done,” Khan added on Twitter. “It is vital that all victims of crime trust our police and we must do more to raise standards and empower police chiefs to rid the Met and all other police services of officers who are clearly unfit to serve.”

Women’s rights organizations called for an inquiry into the Met following Carrick’s case.

UK domestic violence charity Refuge called Carrick’s crimes “absolutely disgusting”.

“How can women and girls be or feel safe when a man is a serving police officer charged with 49 crimes, including 24 counts of rape,” Refuge tweeted on Monday.

End Violence Against Women UK also wrote on Twitter: “This is an organization in crisis. Carrick’s appalling ways were known to the Met and they couldn’t speak louder than his empty promises to women.

“Solidarity with the victims and everyone else who feels the weight of the traumatic details reported,” he added.

The British Women’s Equality Party tweeted: “The Met has been aware of the allegations for two decades. They did nothing because the serial abuser abused his power. They are complicated. A woman will never be fired from the police without a nationwide, legal inquiry.”

The Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality and women’s rights, said on Twitter: “Any act of sexual violence is disgraceful. But these crimes are especially harmful when they are committed by a person who has additional responsibility to protect the safety of the public.”

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