Greens criticise appointment of Cressida Dick as Met Commissioner

22 February 2017

The Green Party has criticised the appointment of Cressida Dick as the next Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Shahrar Ali, Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson, said:

"The appointment of the new commissioner by Amber Rudd is an insult to the memory of de Jean Charles de Menezes and adds further injury to the still grieving family.

“It’s vital that the officer heading up the Met is trusted by Londoners – and we’re deeply concerned that Cressida Dick’s role in the shooting of De Menezes will further erode trust between local communities and the police.

“Far from exonerating her the IPCC report of 2007 criticised her actions in failing to clarify the meaning of her STOP order to armed police. Dick will struggle to command the confidence of the citizens she would serve whilst the campaign for her accountability remains unaddressed."

Sian Berry, Green London Assembly member, said:

“This is a very controversial choice. Assembly members will want questions answered about the lessons the new Commissioner learned after the Jean Charles De Menezes shooting.

“This was the most serious and shocking single mistake the Met has made in the last 20 years. To appoint the officer in charge on that day to run the whole of the Met when community cohesion is his priority for London does potentially put this at risk.

“Londoners must have complete confidence in their police force and its leaders – I will be questioning the Mayor about this appointment.”

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