Patsy Stevenson recalled her ‘terrifying’ experience at the Sarah Everard vigil on Good Morning Britain (Picture: ITV)
A student who was arrested and pinned to the floor by police during a vigil for Sarah Everard has said she never felt so scared.
Patsy Stevenson, who is 5ft 2in, appeared on Good Morning Britain to speak out after photos of her arrest at Clapham Common on Saturday were seen by millions.
The vigil turned ugly when the Met clashed with crowds gathered to remember the 33-year-old marketing executive who went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat nearby.
Patsy, 28, told GMB she was ‘terrified’ as police grabbed her, saying she ‘still doesn’t know why she was pushed to the ground so forcefully’.
Patsy Stevenson was arrested at Saturday’s vigil on Clapham Common (Picture: James Veysey/Rex)
‘I’m quite small,’ she said. ‘It was two very large male officers who pulled me back very quickly as I hit the ground.
‘From start to finish it was a whirlwind, it happened very quickly. I was only there to lay a candle down, I did not expect that to happen.’
Speaking to LBC Radio, Ms Stevenson, who studies physics at Royal Holloway in London, said she was considering challenging her £200 fine.
She said: ‘We were there to remember Sarah, we all felt deeply saddened and still do.’
She was forced to the ground by officers (Picture: Reuters)
Four people were arrested at the vigil on Saturday (Picture: Reuters)
The clashes sparked fury with many calling for the Met Police’s top officer to resign (Picture: Reuters)
She added: ‘Women don’t feel safe walking down a street. That’s the bare minimum we should feel the freedom to do, and it’s appalling that it’s gone on for this long.’
Defending the clashes on Saturday, the head of the Metropolitan Police, Dame Cressida Dick, said her team felt the vigil had become an ‘unlawful gathering’ which posed a ‘considerable risk to people’s health’.
The Prime Minister said he was ‘deeply concerned’ about the footage from the event, which showed officers grabbing women and leading them away in handcuffs.
It prompted Home Secretary Priti Patel to ask the chief inspector of constabulary to conduct a ‘lessons learned’ review into the police’s actions.
Sarah Everard, 33, disappeared as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London (Picture: AP)
The Met said four people were arrested for public order and coronavirus regulation breaches at the vigil.
Three of them, a man and two women, were arrested on suspicion of breaching the Health Protection Regulation and have been reported for consideration of a fixed-penalty notice.
A fourth person, a woman in her teens, was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and has been released under police investigation.
There were fresh protests on Sunday outside Scotland Yard and at Parliament Square, with demonstrators chanting ‘shame on you’ at police.
Officers erected barriers around the Met’s headquarters and the group of protesters, many holding placards aloft, spilled over onto the road next to the River Thames.
It comes as landmark legislation comes before the Commons that will give police greater powers to crack down on disruptive protests.
Labour has said it will vote against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill because it contains ‘poorly thought-out measures to impose disproportionate controls on free expression’.
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