Tw: rape, police violence

A British police officer has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and rape of 33yo Sarah Everard in London on March 3. One week after she vanished, her body was found in a bag in woodland in the county of Kent.…
The month of March began & ended with police murders of 2 women (that we know of), in England & in Mexico.

Sarah Everard in London at the beginning of the month. And Victoria Esperanza Salazar, by a (female) police officer, end of the month.…
Sarah. 33, was a white marketing executive. Victoria, 36, was a refugee from El Salvador who worked as a cleaner in hotels. There is a hierarchy of protection: the further we are from wealthy, white, cisgender, heterosexual, able bodied men, the less likely we are to be protected A close up of Sarah's face, she is looking at the camera, haA close up of Victoria's face, looking at the camera, her le
There is a hierarchy of concern. The intense coverage of Sarah's murder compared to the little or no coverage given Black and women of colour victims of violence was a reminder of who we are told we should care about and who the police are expected to protect.
it is telling that police are thought to be our protectors when they are the ones murdering us.

It is telling that police are thought to be our protectors from rapists and predators when they do very little to protect us from rapists and predators.…
I want a world in which I don’t call the police because the police don’t protect women. I don’t want to be protected. Protection is conditional. I want patriarchy to stop protecting violent cis men. I want to be free of violence. (April 2020) 🎥 @rerutled

- Who do you usually see police arresting?
- Who do you expect the police to protect?
- Why do you think the police will protect you?

The police don’t protect us from violence; the police are perpetrators of violence.
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