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“99% of rape cases were regretful sex”, whistleblower ex-officer ‘targeted by gang of Metropolitan Police officers’ for exposing misogyny in the force

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Thomas Karlsen harassed women online

Ex-Metropolitan Police officer of 11 years, Alice Vinten, has presented evidence she has experienced long-term harassment by a large group of serving Metropolitan Police officers, due to her exposure of misogynistic cultures and practices within the force.

UPDATE (07/09/23): A petition has now been started to ask the Met to take action against officers harassing women for exposing misogyny in the force.

Alice Vinten has spoken publicly about the actions of her former colleagues in the press on several occasions over the last few years. She came forward to reveal that her fellow officers claimed “99% of rape cases were regretful sex, and that women would cheat and say it was rape to get out of it”.

Back in her serving years, police officers would share intimate photos of their girlfriends, when they had been shared in confidence. She’s detailed a police force swamped in sexism, where her colleagues would force her to watch violent pornography, where attractive female members of the public would have their location shared over the police radios, and male officers would attempt to follow female colleagues home.

“If you had asked me while I worked for the Met whether it was institutionally sexist, I would have defended it to the hilt. It’s only once you’re out, once you have distance from the beast that is the institution, that you can finally see it clearly.” She added.

PC Thomas Karlsen
PC Thomas Karlsen eventually went on to attack a member of the public (Image: OC)

Most recently, Vinten exposed that a serving police officer, PC Thomas Karlsen, 22, deployed within Wandsworth, Richmond, Merton, and Kingston, was using Twitter to ‘bully’ the public. Karlsen used social media to express misogynistic views, claiming women have “victim mentalities”.

Karlsen sending abuse on Twitter
This is one of the Tweets Karlsen made in an interaction with the public (Image: Twitter / OC)

He used his account, as a serving officer, to call members of the public “snide c****”, to “stop using the race card”, and calling women “vindictive little s*****” and “bigger c****”. Despite being an ex-officer, Vinten felt his conduct would undermine public confidence in the police and she contacted him to desist from attacking the public in this way.

In response, the now-disgraced officer ‘launched a campaign of harassment’ against Vinten, in what he admits was purely “retaliation”. Vinten would subsequently have her home address shared publicly on Twitter in addition to her children’s full legal names, and malicious complaints filed with her current, part-time employer. Other Metropolitan Police officers who appear to be associated with Karlsen allegedly took part in this campaign.

Alice Vinten being harassed on Twitter
This user joined Twitter and immediately posted her address shortly after, while alluding to a hit-and-run attack (Image: Twitter / OC)

Vinten describes the harassment as a campaign designed to pressure and intimidate her into dropping her complaint.

Dame Lynne Owens
Lynne Owens was made interim Deputy Commissioner in September 2022, and this became permanent in February 2023 (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

While Karlsen and his colleagues were engaging in this harassment and actively tweeting abusive content, one of the accounts in question began to be followed by Dame Lynne Owens, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Vinten reached out to her for help, and she allegedly dishonestly said she did not follow the account in question.

Lynne Owens involved in harassment case
Vinten reached out to the Deputy Commissioner as a cry for help after total silence from the Met (Image: Twitter / OC)

Vinten filed a formal complaint, and on April 21 2023 – over a year later, while he continued to Tweet in this manner and Vinten continued to experience harassment – the Met responded and confirmed misconduct proceedings against Karlsen will take place.

We have attached formal correspondence between the force and Vinten.

At the time, Alice said the following: “All I wanted at the beginning of this was for him to think about what he was posting and how it reflected on policing and impacted victims. I wish he would have reflected on that. It would have ended at individual learning, but now he is facing a misconduct hearing. This type of persistent arrogance and untouchability must be wiped out of the force.”

However, in astonishing fashion, the ‘bully’ went on to attack a member of the public. On Tuesday, June 27, Karlsen stood accused at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of Actual Bodily Harm after launching a “vicious attack” on a member of the public after responding to a domestic incident.

Karlsen pled guilty and admitted to punching, kicking, and deploying PAVA at close proximity. We anticipate sentencing will follow within a month’s time.

Upon hearing of Karlsen’s guilty plea at court, Vinten said the following: “If the Met had listened to me nearly two years ago when I told them he was an abusive bully then maybe this assault wouldn’t have happened.”

The refusal to respond to Vinten’s complaint in a timely manner several years ago, echoes the Baroness Casey Review, where it was determined that the Met “sees scrutiny as an unwelcome intrusion”. The famed review describes a policing body too closely associated with injustice, a brazen disregard for protocol, and a judge, jury, and executioner power dynamic, swamped in toxic attitudes and practices.

“This pack of bullies”

Vinten describes and presents evidence that she has experienced several death threats, her home address has been publicly shared on social media, malicious complaints have been forwarded in large quantities to her current employer, and she has faced constant, long-term harassment on social media.

Joanne Farrell
DC Joanne Farrell has been with the Met since January 2014 (Image: OC)

Detective Constable Joanne Farrell, a serving Metropolitan Police Officer who joined in 2014, has a background in economic crime and serious organised crime, and she is accused of spearheading a group of officers leading the ‘campaign of harassment’ against Vinten.

A whistleblower within the group exposed private communications they would share amongst each other. Farell would allegedly use a Twitter account which has since been deactivated (today) since Vinten announced she had a whistleblower within their group, to cause Vinten alarm and distress in retaliation for speaking publicly about the Met and specific officers.

Joanne Farrell
Farrell allegedly admitting in conversation with Vintens whistleblower that Vinten did in fact have her real name (Image: Twitter / OC)

The group would also create new accounts if they were blocked to continue the harassment against Vinten.

One member of the public had the following to say about the whole ordeal: “These people are not fit to be police officers. Some are sergeants and Inspectors. Very brave behind a anon account but quickly delete accounts when they will be found out.”

Another said the following: “Why are there SO many rotten apples in the British police services these days? I see new accounts of police officers caught for despicable acts reported EVERY day on X (Twitter). It should not be like this – surely even one rotten apple is too many.”

Vinten has said she will take her case to the Independent Office of Police Conduct as she is dissatisfied with how police forces have handled her reports.

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