London cops in WhatsApp group with Sarah Everard murderer convicted over ‘racist’ and ‘misogynistic’ messages

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To serve metropolitan london The officer and his former police colleague have been warned they could face jail after being found guilty on Wednesday of sending ‘racist’ and ‘misogynistic’ messages in a WhatsApp group which included the killer of Sarah Everard, according to information.

Jonathon Cobban, a Metropolitan Police constable, and former constable, Joel Borders, were convicted on Wednesday of the offense of sending a message that is grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or threatening message over a public electronic communications network, The Guardian reported.

A third officer, Constable William Neville, who had been on the same WhatsApp group as Everard’s convicted killer, Wayne Couzens, was found not guilty of the same offense and cleared of any wrongdoing.

In September 2021, Couzens, a former Met police officer, was sentenced to life in prison for wrongfully arresting Everard, 33, in March as she was returning home from a friend’s house, the raping and strangling him to death before burning. the woman’s body.

POLICE OFFICER WHO MURDERED SARAH EVERARD SENTENCED TO LIFE

On-duty Metropolitan Police officer Jonathon Cobban arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, on March 16, 2022 to face charges over allegations he shared racist and misogynistic messages during a WhatsApp conversation with Sarah Everard's killer, Wayne Couzens.

On-duty Metropolitan Police officer Jonathon Cobban arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London, on March 16, 2022 to face charges over allegations he shared racist and misogynistic messages during a WhatsApp conversation with Sarah Everard’s killer, Wayne Couzens.
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The announcement of the outcome of the trial at the Westminster Magistrates Court On Wednesday, Judge Sarah Turnock said the WhatsApp group – named “Bottle and Stoppers” – was seen by the defendants “as a safe space, involving a few like-minded individuals, in which they had carte blanche to share controversial messages and deeply offensive without fear of reprisal.”

“Social media cannot be a hiding place for these sorts of opinions,” Sal Naseem, regional director of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), told the BBC after the decision. “Behaviour of this nature seriously undermines public confidence in the police.”

Borders and Cobban exchanged messages via chat in 2019 that they described as “jokes,” including supposed jokes about guns and tassing children, cats, dogs and people with the disease. Down syndrome and called the London Borough of Hounslow a “Somali sh—hole”, reported The Evening Standard.

Turnock condemned the remarks as “abhorrent”, saying Borders “demonstrates an ableist attitude by then adding a disabled person to Cobban’s disgusting list of victims”.

Former officer Joel Borders leaves the City of London Magistrates' Court in London on September 21, 2022.

Former officer Joel Borders leaves the City of London Magistrates’ Court in London on September 21, 2022.
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On April 25, 2019, Borders sent a message to the WhatsApp group joking about rape a fellow police officer, who I described as a “sneaky b—-.” The judge said such a remark was “misogynistic and aggressive in nature and a clear example of victim blaming”.

Flowers surround the Clapham Common Bandstand memorial in honor of the murder of Sarah Everard on March 27, 2021 in London, England.  The abduction and death of Sarah Everard at the hands of an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer has sparked widespread concern for the safety of women.

Flowers surround the Clapham Common Bandstand memorial in honor of the murder of Sarah Everard on March 27, 2021 in London, England. The abduction and death of Sarah Everard at the hands of an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer has sparked widespread concern for the safety of women.
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“The behavior of these officers is despicable, and I condemn them for sending such grossly offensive and repugnant messages. It is stunning that they view this language as arguable,” Metropolitan Police Commander Jon Savell said in a statement. , according to The Evening Standard. “We let’s wait for our officers have the highest standards of conduct. We are determined to rid this organization of those who corrupt its integrity and redouble our efforts to do so more quickly. As a result, we may well see more cases emerge, as we leave no stone unturned to address offensive behavior.”

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A sentencing hearing for Cobban and Borders is scheduled for November 1. 2.