Inquest into rape prosecutions highlights endemic failure

A joint report commissioned by the Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Inspectorates has accused the two organisations of engaging in a “blame game”, which ultimately results in a failure to prosecute sexual offences. The report, published today, said “both organisations argued that the other was to blame for the low conviction rates.” It continued, “Until this blame culture is eradicated, a real shift in attitudes seems unachievable”.

Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 years and six months in prison for murder of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22 years and 6 months in prison for his murder of Gorge Floyd last year.

PC Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard

Police officer Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and rape of Sarah Everard, who went missing in March whilst walking home in south London. The serving Metropolitan police constable was present in court via video link from Belmarsh prison, charged with the disappearance and death of the 33-year-old marketing executive.

Missed Clare’s Law deadlines put women at risk

Nearly 25% of applications for background checks accepted last year by the police took longer than a month to reveal information about the criminal histories of suspected abusers. Under Clare’s Law, implemented in 2014, people have the “right to ask” police about any past domestic violence or offences that mean their partners could be a potential risk to them.

Outrage as 13-year-old boy shot dead by police in Chicago amidst wave of extrajudicial killings

It served as an epiphany for many, that neither youth nor submission acts as a deterrent to being killed at the hands of law enforcement. And just as vital, that police violence continues to overwhelmingly target people of colour.