UK policing is rotten to the core. Join our protest in Manchester.
Trigger warning: Rape, violence, child sexual abuse.
Greater Manchester Police officer, Detective Constable Stephen Hardy has been convicted of 20 sex offences including abusing a child.
That’s years of grooming and abuse of a child enabled by his role as a police officer. Hardy is the latest in a long line of police officers to be found guilty of abuse, harrasment or sexual assault against women and girls. He used his position as a police officer to intimidate and threaten the child he abused to try to stop them speaking out and seeking help. This is a horrifying abuse of power.
When abusive men are thriving in policing, how can women be expected to trust the police?
This is far from an isolated incident. The culture of misogyny in policing both attracts and emboldens men to abuse their power because police culture permits misogynistic attitudes and actions.
This week Sky News covered the story of Zayna Iman, who alleges she was drugged and raped while in GMP custody. Footage shows she was stripped by GMP officers, left naked in a cell, and placed face down whilst she was apparently unconscious.
Women’s trust in the police is through the floor - the Government, and the Mayor's office must take action.
Manchester deserves better. We all deserve better.
WE are taking action. Protest with us.
Join us at 6:00pm St Peter’s Square, Central Manchester on Tuesday 1st August to demand a complete overhaul of policing institutions across the UK and to stand in solidarity with all victims of police misogyny and discrimination.
Because it’s not just one bad apple, it’s the whole damn tree.
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