Patsy Stevenson, 28, appeared on Good Morning Britain and claims that she has been approached on Tinder by ‘about 50’ cops on the dating app, leaving her terrified
A woman who went viral for being arrested at a peaceful vigil for Sarah Everard has claimed that serving police officers have sent her “hostile sexual messages” online.
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 that she has been approached on Tinder by “about 50” cops on the dating app, leaving her terrified.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain to hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley, Patsy explained that because she was on Tinder Gold, she was able to see who was swiping right on her.
“It was quite a few of them at the same time,” she said. “At the time, I was quite optimistic and thought ‘maybe it’s just a coincidence’, maybe something I’m thinking too much on.
“But someone told me that you can share a profile on there so it’s scary. I’m hoping it wasn’t an intimidation tactic or something. A lot of people know where I’m from – that what went viral was me being arrested.
“So for all the talks that I’ve done and all the interviews that I’ve done, saying how I’m talking about police reform and how they abuse power. For police to then like me on a dating app – and quite a few of them at the same time – it’s a little bit suspicious.”
She added: “I’ve heard from activists in the past that if you speak up they’ll intimidate you in some way.”
Susanna probed: “After you’ve had this experience on that app, how does it make you feel?”
“I mean, I think there are things that make me feel worse,” Patsy replied. “Like the messages I receive in the comments on social media. Quite a few of them that my friends have looked into and that a lot of them are from actual police officers themselves or partners of police officers.”
Richard asked: “What sort of comments?”
“Just nasty comments,” she replied. “I mean, you can scroll through my Twitter. There’s absolutely tons of them.”
“Are they sexual as well?” he asked.
“Yeah,” she replied. “There’s all sorts.”
Richard probed: “From serving police officers?”
“Some are, yeah,” she responded.
He asked: “Hostile, sexual comments?”
“Yeah,” she replied.
Asked whether she had made formal complaints, Patsy said she hadn’t as she had received such an overwhelming number of nasty comments.
However, she added: “One of them I have reported, which was the most extreme one. I don’t know if that was from a police officer but it was an extreme death threat.”
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV