A woman who was arrested at the vigil for Sarah Everard vigil claims “about 50” police officers have since approached her on Tinder leaving her “terrified”.
Patsy Stevenson was shown being pinned down by two police officers in a photo taken at the vigil on March 13 which went viral.
The 28-year-old claims the police officers who approached her on the dating app knew she was “fearful of police” and had done it “for a reason”, BBC News reports.
She explained further on Twitter that she had a Tinder gold membership which allowed her to see which men had swiped her photo on the app.
She tweeted: “I had Tinder gold so I could see who liked me, I didn’t match with them. There were 50 at the same time.”
The Met told the Mirror “officers must abide by our high standards of professional behaviour both on and off duty”.
Patsy was one of four people who were held by police when officers clashed with women at the bandstand on Clapham Common, south London, during the vigil.
A planned vigil in honour of the 33-year-old, who was murdered by serving police officer Waye Couzens, after the Met said it would be illegal under lockdown restrictions but hundreds of woman gathered at the sight.
Patsy said she went down to the gathering to ‘support every single woman who cannot walk down the street by themselves because of the fear of men’.
She told Counterfire at the time: “The fact that the police turned up was just disgraceful because before then it was a peaceful protest.
“I was arrested by police for ‘standing there’.
“I’m 5ft 2 and I weigh nothing and several police were on my back trying to arrest me.
“They arrested me, put me in handcuffs and dragged me away and I was surrounded by 10 police officers.”
Patsy was also issued with a £200 fine.
Last week Patsy wrote a column for The Mirror saying male violence is ingrained in society.
She said: “Male violence towards women has become so profoundly engrained into our society that when women talk about it, people often dismiss it and say it’s ‘not all men’.
“These violent men are people you spend time with at the pub, they’re teachers, doctors, police officers with wives and children. A friend who talks about women as if they were objects is one of these men.
“The government need to act right now to prevent male violence against women and girls. “