After saying that women should be “streetwise,” Tory police chief is under pressure to step down

After saying that women should be “streetwise,” Tory police chief is under pressure to step down

After the Sarah Everard case, a conservative police chief was urged to resign for saying that women should be "streetwise."

After being falsely arrested by Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, who abducted, raped, and murdered Everard, North Yorkshire Commissioner Philip Allott said Everard "never should have submitted."

Allot said on BBC Radio York that women must be street smart about when they can and cannot be arrested.

This should never have happened in the first place," he continued.

"Perhaps women should think about learning a little bit about the legal process in terms of the legal process."

Keir Starmer, the Labour Party's leader, said Allot should resign as a result of his remarks.

"It's time for him to leave. A police and crime commissioner saying something inappropriate at any time, but particularly now, is beyond my comprehension. "I think he should reevaluate his position," said Starmer.

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, called Allot's remarks "appalling" in a statement.

"It's not up to women to fix this," she declared. It's not up to us to make a shift.

"Male violence is the problem, not women's 'inability' to protect themselves in ever more inventive ways. Everyone must accept the need for change for it to occur.

After receiving criticism, Allot issued an apology on Twitter, stating that he regretted his words and intended to take them back.

It's my sincere regret that my remarks on BBC radio York earlier today were insensitive. I wish to retract them completely." he said.

According to shadow minister for domestic violence and safeguarding, however: "You are not allowed to retract them. You believe that women are responsible for their own attacks, but you believe that you are in charge of law enforcement and criminal justice. You simply aren't qualified for this position. But, don't be alarmed. I know you'll be able to find another one.

After the murder of Sarah Everard, which sparked nationwide protests over women's safety, the president made the remarks.

For the murder of the 33-year-old marketing executive, Wayne Couzens, 48, was sentenced to life in prison this week. The killing shocked and outraged the nation.

Lord Justice Fulford, who handed down the sentence at the Old Bailey on Thursday, referred to the murder's circumstances as "grotesque".

He deemed the gravity of the situation to be "exceptionally high," and thus a full-life order was warranted.

Misuse of a police officer's role, like in this case, to kidnap, rape and murder one person is just as serious as murder committed to further an ideological or political cause, according to him.

According to Couzen, his "warped, selfish and brutal offending which was both sexual and homicidal" left a human toll on Everard's family, and he paid tribute to their courage in court.