A police crime commissioner has issued an apologetic apology after he said women ‘should be streetwise’ about being arrested in the wake of the Sarah Everard murder.
North Yorkshire Police Commissioner Phillip Allot said he now realized his comments were ‘insensitive’ and wanted to ‘withdraw them completely’.
The Tory said earlier in a radio interview that Everard should never have ‘subjected’ to the arrest that led to her death on March 3 by former Met officer Wayne Couzens.
The comments made during an interview on BBC Radio York were branded ‘terribly offensive’ by a campaign.
North Yorkshire Crime Commissioner Philip Allot said Miss Everard ‘should never have been arrested and subjected to it’
Allot tweeted last night: ‘I would like to wholeheartedly regret my comments on BBC radio York earlier today, which I realize have been insensitive and wish to withdraw them fully.’
During the interview, BBC Radio York host Georgey Spanswick asked: ‘How in the world are my stepdaughters, me, my friends, how do we protect ourselves now?’
Sir. Allot said: ‘So women must first and foremost be street-wise about when they can be arrested and when they cannot be arrested.
‘She should never have been arrested and subjected to it.
‘Maybe women should consider the legal process, just to learn a little about the legal process.’
His comments were challenged by host Spanswick, who said: ‘Why is it up to me Philip? Why is it up to women because it is actually up to a man in the police and there is serious doubt about this man’s behavior? ‘
Allot later wrote on Twitter that his comments were not intended to mean ‘victim guilt’, but the tweet has since been removed.
He has received angry feedback on social media, with some users even urging him to resign.
Allot faced calls to step down on Twitter after making comments that were branded ‘terribly offensive’ by a campaign campaign
Janemortsdrizz posted on Twitter: ‘No Philip. You told us that Sarah Everard is to blame for her own murder because she did not question her false arrest of a police officer. DISGUSTING. RESIGN!’
Victoria Wilkie tweeted: ‘I’m disgusted by your comments. It’s the victim who blames … the only one to blame is him. ‘
Another user, FedUpandBack, added: ‘Good victim blaming you should be ashamed.’
Before she moved to London, 33-year-old Sarah Everard was originally from York, the area covered by Mr Allot’s force, and her family still lives there.
Lucy Arnold, of the Reclaim the Streets campaign group, which organized a vigil for Mrs Everard outside York Minster, was among those angry over Allott’s comments.
Sarah Everard, 33, was kidnapped, raped and murdered after a false arrest of former Met officer Wayne Couzens on March 3
The Conservative Mr Allot was elected as Criminal Commissioner in North Yorkshire in May 2021 and replaced the former incumbent, Julia Mulligan
She said: ‘I honestly think it was a terribly offensive thing to say. Does anyone really feel that they can stand up to a police officer?
‘I’m very sure I know my rights, I know the law, but no, I would not feel safe at all.’
In his previous interview, Allot was critical of the Met Police’s handling of reports of Couzen’s behavior leading up to the murder.
He said: A murderer typically commits seven crimes before going on murder, the man we know committed at least two crimes.
‘The police knew, so what should have happened is that it should have been picked up right away.’
The North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office has been contacted for comment.