London — A London police officer was arrested on Sunday and charged with rape. Shortly thereafter, another police officer was sentenced to the murder of Sarah Evalard in an incident that shook public confidence in the service.
Police officer David Carrick, 46, charged on Sunday, worked in the same police force that Everlard’s murderer Wayne Kusens was assigned at the time of her attack.
Carrick was charged with rape in Hertfordshire, northern London. According to a statement from the Metropolitan Police, he was off duty in the area at the time of the alleged attack. According to a statement, he was suspended from his duties as a police officer and referred to an independent office that oversees police actions.
The alleged attack occurred in September 2020, according to Hertfordshire police.
The arrest occurs when London police face a torrent of new scrutiny and criticism of the treatment of violence against women after many high-profile incidents, including the killing of Mr. Everlard.
Last week’s hearing at Mr. Kusens revealed disastrous new details on how he used his authority and police equipment position to accidentally arrest Mr. Evalard before he was kidnapped, raped, or killed. I did. Police are also faced with criticism that they did not respond to previous allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Kusen.
Surveillance groups are calling for a public investigation into the police’s approach to violence against women and the actions of their officers, and last week there was a new call for the resignation of Metropolitan Police Department chief Cressida Dick.
Carrick, who will appear in court video on Monday, is part of the same Metropolitan Police Department’s Parliament and Diplomatic Protection Command as Mr. Kusen. The unit’s responsibilities include the protection of the Houses of Parliament and foreign embassies, and also provides officers to protect government ministers.
Dick said in a statement that he was “deeply concerned” about the news of Carrick’s arrest.
“I am fully aware that the public is also very worried,” she added.
Last week, police released a set of safety tips for women in case they encounter a police officer or someone pretending to be a threat. Guidance included “searching” for questions to police officers, hitting nearby homes, or flagging buses.
The advice was accompanied by a list of other measures the police took or plan to take after Mr. Evalard’s murder, but many critics said that the police were inside the police to explain and fight the violence. Wider women said they rarely dealt with their failures.