Met Police boss tries to defend ‘professional’ cops who stormed Sarah Everard vigil.

SQUIRMING Met Police chief Dame Cressida Dick on Wednesday blasted critics of her force's handling of the Sarah Everard vigil.

The defensive top cop said people had criticised officers' tactics in breaking up the event "without knowing the facts".

She lashed out after a report exonerated their response and said they acted “lawfully, sensitively and proportionately” despite “severe provocation”.

An organiser for Reclaim These Streets has said she is “very disappointed but not that surprised” after an inspector’s report backed the police handling of the Sarah Everard vigil at Clapham Common. Interview - Jamie Klingler

Photos and video of police breaking up the vigil on Clapham Common earlier this month sparked outrage and calls for Dame Cressida to quit.

In them officers were seen handcuffing and forcibly removing female protesters, who had gathered to remember Miss Everard.

But the Met boss, who refused to resign over the scandal, slammed critics of the response and said they'd undermined public confidence in the police.

She said: "I think there are two things that come out of this report about the immediate aftermath.

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