'No choice': The scandals which led to Cressida Dick's resignation

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has resigned from her role, following months of pressure amid multiple scandals within the force.

Last week, following the exposure of offensive messages shared by Met Police officers, London Mayor Sadiq Khan openly attacked the UK's most senior police officer, putting her "on notice".

But speaking on Thursday, Dick told the BBC she had "no intention of going", despite the pressure.

Just hours later, it was announced that she had quit the role after she lost the confidence of Khan.

In a statement she said: "It is quite clear that the mayor no longer has sufficient confidence in my leadership of the Metropolitan Police service... he has left me no choice but to step aside."

It was reported that had submitted her plan for reform of the Met but that Khan did not think it met what was required.

He called her in for a meeting at 4.30pm on Thursday which Ms Dick did not attend.

Instead, she submitted her resignation.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick arrives at Scotland Yard on January 25, 2022 in London, England. It was announced today that Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into a
'On notice': Dame Cressida Dick. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dick oversaw series of failings and controversies in the last 12 months. Here, Yahoo News UK sets out some of the key scandals.

Wayne Couzens

On 3 March last year, serving police officer Couzens abducted 33-year-old Sarah Everard near Clapham Common in south London, before raping and murdering her.

Couzens used his police badge and credentials to falsely arrest Everard and deceive her into getting into the car he had hired to carry out the killing.

He was jailed for life in September.

It later emerged the 48-year-old was known as “the rapist” in his previous job at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary because he made female colleagues feel so uncomfortable.

He had also been accused of indecent exposure in Kent in 2015, and in London in the days before Ms Everard’s murder – but was allowed to continue working.

Sarah Everard. (Met Police)
Sarah Everard. (Met Police)

The case shone a spotlight on the culture within the force and the behaviour of some officers. A YouGov poll in November suggested nearly half of women trust the police less since the murder.

An inquiry investigating how Couzens was able to carry out Ms Everard's murder will look at whether any “red flags were missed” earlier in his career, the Home Office said last month.

Sarah Everard vigil

On 13 March, the day after Ms Everard's body was identified after being found in woodland, a vigil was held in her memory on Clapham Common.

Dick faced calls to resign after police clashed with the crowds, with women handcuffed on the ground and led away by officers.

Boris Johnson was among those who condemned the force, with the prime minister saying he was "deeply concerned" about its handling of the vigil.

Hundreds of people gathered at a peaceful vigil for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common in South London on the 13th of March 2021, London, United Kingdom. Sarah Everard went missing on 3 March after setting off at 9pm from a friends house to make her two and a half mile journey home. Police making arrests. The vigil was also a call to end violence against girls and women perpetrated by men. The vigil was not sanctioned by police because of Covid restrictions and the police decided to arrest a number of people in an attempt to end the peaceful and highly emotional vigil. The event took place at the band stand on the common and speeches were held from the stand till police confiscated the sound equipment.(photo by Kristian Buus/In Pictures via Getty Images)
The Met was widely condemned for its policing of the Sarah Everard vigil in March last year. (Getty Images)

While the Met was cleared by the police watchdog, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, a report acknowledged it was a "public relations disaster" for the force.

Daniel Morgan

Three months later, on 15 June, Dick had to apologise after an independent report found the Met was institutionally corrupt in the way it concealed or denied failings over Daniel Morgan’s unsolved murder.

Despite five police inquiries and an inquest, no one has been brought to justice over the father-of-two’s death in 1987, when he was attacked with an axe in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London.

The report said that within the Met “a culture still exists that inhibits both organisational and individual accountability”.

Alastair Morgan attends a news conference following the publication of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report, at Church House, in London, Britain, June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Alastair Morgan following the publication of the report which accused the Met of institutional corruption. (Henry Nicholls/Reuters)

Dick herself – who denied institutional corruption – was criticised in the report for her refusal to allow the report panel team access to a police data system.

Mr Morgan's brother Alastair, who has been campaigning for decades for justice, was asked following the release of the report if she should consider resigning. “Absolutely she should,” he responded.

Wembley disorder

On 11 July, the England men's football team competed in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. What should have been a day of celebration turned into shame amid chaotic and violent scenes outside and inside the stadium.

While an independent review of the disorder, published in December by Baroness Casey, did not apportion blame to any single agency, it did indicate inadequate planning from Met bosses.

England fans had arrived outside Wembley early in the morning, but the main deployment of officers was between 3pm and 3am (the match was an 8pm kick-off).

TOPSHOT - England fans cheer on their team outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match between England and Italy in northwest London on July 11, 2021. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers were deployed too late in the day to deal with the chaotic scenes outside Wembley, a report found. (AFP via Getty Images)

"By the time officers were on the ground, the area around Olympic Way was already effectively ‘lost’, with significant levels of anti-social behaviour occurring, fuelled by alcohol and drug consumption," the report found.

By the time game kicked off, about 2,000 ticketless people had breached the turnstiles.

However, the report made a point of praising officers on the ground who "took action around the stadium with considerable skill and courage, stabilising the situation shortly after kick-off".

Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman

In December, two police officers who took pictures of murdered sisters for a “cheap thrill” were jailed for two years and nine months.

Pc Deniz Jaffer and Pc Jamie Lewis were assigned to guard the scene after Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found dead in bushes in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west London in June 2020.

Instead, the officers moved from their posts to take photographs of the bodies, which were then shared with colleagues and friends on WhatsApp. The victims were described as "dead birds".

Mina Smallman, the mother of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, delivers a statement outside the Old Bailey in London after two Metropolitan Police officers were sentenced after pleading guilty to sharing photos of the bodies of the two murdered sisters on WhatsApp in London, Britain, December 6, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson
Mina Smallman following the sentencing of the two officers for sharing photos of the bodies of her murdered daughters. (Tom Nicholson/Reuters)

Mina Smallman, mother of the two victims, said: "Most of our police force are amazing and do an amazing job, but there is an element that has taken over the culture of how they banter.”

The Independent Office for Police Conduct’s (IOPC) regional director Graham Beesley, meanwhile, said a “shift in attitude” was needed in policing.

Racist and sexist messages exposed

This week, "shocking” racist, sexist and homophobic messages exchanged by police officers on WhatsApp and Facebook were published by the IOPC, which found the highly offensive language was dismissed as “banter”.

The watchdog took the unusual step of publishing the messages in full, despite their deeply offensive nature, because it said it was important for the public to know.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speak to the media ahead of a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana at The Royal Military Chapel in Westminster, central London on November 29, 2021. - New Zealand-born Metropolitan Police officer Sergeant Matt Ratana died after he was shot by a handcuffed suspect at the Croydon Custody Centre in south London on September 25. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo by VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Dame Cressida Dick and Sadiq Khan pictured in November last year. Khan put Dick 'on notice' following the publication of racist, sexist and homophobic messages exchanged by police officers. (AFP via Getty Images)

Fourteen officers from a now disbanded Westminster team were investigated, nine of whom remain serving officers.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: "Our investigation showed the officers’ use of ‘banter’ became a cover for bullying and harassment." The Met's deputy assistant commissioner Bas Javid said: “It’s clear we have a lot of work to do to ensure bullying and discrimination does not exist in any part of the Met."

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