The Daily Telegraph

Met chief Rowley tells officers not to take knee at protests

- By Danielle Sheridan

POLICE officers should not take the knee with protesters, the new Met commission­er has said.

Sir Mark Rowley, who took up the post last week, set out his position on how police officers should respond to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We should not align with any protest group, whether it’s a cause that everyone agrees with or a cause that only 1 per cent agrees with,” he said.

At a Black Lives Matters protest over the death of George Floyd in 2020, a number of police officers were seen taking the knee along with demonstrat­ors.

Sir Mark, 57, told The Sunday Times: “We are the police and we should operate without fear or favour.

“We get lost trying to please all of the people all of the time.”

As a Cambridge graduate, who had planned to join the police as a forensic scientist, Sir Mark said a formative experience in Birmingham as a young officer taught him about resilience.

Just 18 months into the job Sir Mark was attacked by a group of men as he tried to arrest a man who threw a beer bottle at a car window.

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