As MPs prepared to debate the powers of police to restrict protests during a pandemic, it’s unlikely they expected to be doing so shortly after officers had dispersed – with shocking levels of force – a peaceful vigil in memory of Sarah Everard and all women lost to violence.
In this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the disturbing scenes from Clapham Common in south London and explore what they mean for the debate over police powers and the right to protest.
Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions about Labour’s position on the contentious issue of policing.
Stephen asks who’s to blame for the violence at the Clapham Common vigil.
Rachel Cunliffe explains how the crackdown on the vigil shows why the policing bill is so dangerous.
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