Reclaim These Streets have expressed their frustration and disappointment at the verdict of an investigation into police actions at a recent vigil for Sarah Everard in south London.

Speaking today (Tuesday, March 30) from the pavilion on Clapham Common where the vigil took place last month, Jamie Klingler, 42, said she was "disappointed but not that surprised" by the verdict, which found police acted appropriately at the vigil.

Klingler is an organiser with Reclaim These Streets and testified before the Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) investigating the widely-criticised policing of the event on March 13.

"I felt heard and I felt they really listened to us, so to then see us once again feel silenced and belittled and told that our experience isn’t valid to the Met is quite upsetting," she told the PA news agency.

"The vigil and what we were doing was about violence against women at the hands of men, and what did we see? Violence against women at the hands of men," she added.

"We were all freaked out, we were all mourning and instead of treating us (the organisers) with respect at that point, they (the Met) made it bigger, bigger, bigger and worse and pushed it back on us.

"The buck stops with the Met... They are going to have to deal with years of trying to regain that trust."

The Met Police faced widespread criticism for their efforts to police the vigil, not least after footage of officers forcibly removing peaceful demonstrators circulated social media on the evening of March 13.

However, the findings of the HMICFRS published Tuesday found the Met's actions to be "appropriate" at the vigil.

"After reviewing a huge body of evidence – rather than a snapshot on social media – we found that there are some things the Met could have done better, but we saw nothing to suggest police officers acted in anything but a measured and proportionate way in challenging circumstances," Matt Parr, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, who led the inspection team, said.

Reclaim These Streets pushed back against the findings of the investigation, however.

In a statement released after its publication, a spokesperson said there was "institutional sexism" in the Met Police.

"We anticipated a fair and balanced inquiry and are instead being told not to believe what we saw and heard reported two weeks ago. This inquiry is not representative of our experience with senior Met officials.

"The HMIC had a responsibility to begin rebuilding the trust between women and girls across the capital and the Metropolitan Police. The disregard for us as women organisers in the report is clear there is still institutional sexism running through the force."

And standing at the Clapham Common bandstand, where flowers and messages continue to be left for Sarah and other victims of violence against women, Klingler added:

"Violence against women is violence against society. I do not want to be in a society were I have to tell people every time I leave so it is hard being here.

The gathering of Reclaim These Streets members and supporters at the March 13 vigil was called in the wake of the disappearance of Sarah Everard in the area on March 3.

The 33-year-old's body was later found by detectives in Ashford, Kent.

PC Wayne Couzens, a serving Met Police officer, has been charged with Sarah's murder and kidnap.