AN ACTIVIST who claims that “50 officers” have contacted her on Tinder since her arrest of Sarah Everard’s guard has hit evil trolls who targeted her.
Patsy Stevenson, 28, went viral after she was pictured as arrested by police during a guard for Sarah Everard earlier this year.
She said officers began approaching her on an online dating site after she was handcuffed by the vigil at Clapham Common, London, on March 13.
But Patsy has since been targeted by evil trolls who branded her a liar and a “fame-hungry wannabe” for sharing her story.
She explained that officers knew she was “afraid of the police” and had targeted her online “for a reason”.
They contacted her on Tinder and she could see the pictures of the officers without ironing them because of the Tinder Gold premium feature.
It allows users to see profile pictures of potential matches as well as their cinemas that have swiped right at them before deciding whether to contact.
Patsy said, “They were all in uniform on their profiles, or it said ‘I’m a police officer.’ I do not understand why anyone would do that.
“It’s almost like a scary thing to say, ‘Look, we can see you,’ and it’s scary to me.
“They know what I went through, and they know I’m scared of the police, and they did it for a reason.”
Now evil trolls have targeted her on social media, where one writes: “Give real victims a bad name, stupid glory hunter must realize how much damage she causes.”
Another added: “I have never ever wanted to hit a woman so hard”, while a third added “lying cow fame hungry wannabe wants to destroy innocent officers for her own amusement”.
She received thousands of more offensive comments online in the hours after her comments about the police were published.
Patsy has now attacked the trolls and said, “‘Why did you not report it?’ Look at the thousands or comments that now say they do not believe me.
“That’s why women do not report anything. Start believing women.
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone who stands up for me or women that you do not need to use insults, we do not need to use nonsense or use people’s mental health against them. I appreciate it, but please. ”
It comes as the Met Police reiterated that officers “must adhere to high standards of professional conduct” both “on and off duty”.
Hundreds attended the vigil at Clapham Common in south London following the death of Mrs Everard, who was murdered by Met officer Wayne Couzens after he abducted her while she was walking home.
The event had been canceled after police said it would be illegal under lockout restrictions and tensions boiled down to arrests.
Patsy said the event was “a turning point” where “everyone realized that we are actually all going through the same things”.
She said the “gloomy atmosphere … became very frightening very quickly” after police began trying to disperse the crowd.
Patsy was handcuffed and held down by two officers and was also fined £ 200 – which she has challenged in lawsuits against Met.
Met said Patsy should “please contact us and give us more information so we can work to determine if an MPS officer is involved. [and] whether an offense has occurred. “
We need answers as to why this was allowed to happen.
Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, who has rejected calls for resignation, confirmed that an independent review of the force’s standards and culture would be carried out.
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Priti Patel said an investigation into the “systematic errors” that enabled Couzens to continue being a police officer.
It comes as another Met officer from the same unit as the killer Wayne Couzens allegedly raped a woman he met on Tinder.
PC David Carrick, 46, has been suspended from the Met’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, and the court was told he “dismissively” denies “attacking the woman after they shared drinks at two pubs in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Here’s how to get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always have your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services like SupportLine.
- Call 999 if you are in danger.
- Familiarize yourself with Silent Solution, where you dial 999 and press ’55’ if you cannot speak safely.
- Always carry some money or a bank card with you, including change if you need a pay phone or bus ticket.
- If you suspect your partner is attacking you, try moving towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone if you need to call for help.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you can get caught, e.g. Bathroom.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10-18 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 18:00 to 20:00 on 01708 765200. The charity’s e-mail support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – email@example.com.
You can also call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.