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Flowers, posters and cards are placed in tribute to Sarah Everard on Clapham Common on March 15 in London. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The London police officer who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering Sarah Everard was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: The case spurred an outcry across the U.K., with protests and anger from women who have shared their experiences of feeling unsafe and being threatened or attacked while walking alone.

The big picture: Life sentences are mandatory for murder cases in the U.K., but a court will usually determine a minimum time that must be served before someone is considered for early release, per CNN.

  • Judge Adrian Fulford, however, gave Wayne Couzens, the police officer, a whole life term because the seriousness of the case was "exceptionally high," the BBC notes. This means Couzens will never qualify for parole.

What they're saying: "The misuse of a police officer's role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause," Fulford said, per the BBC.

  • Fulford described the murder as "grotesque" and told Couzens, "[y]ou've betrayed your family and there's no evidence of genuine contrition."

Catch up quick: Couzens abducted Everard as she walked home from a friend's house on March 3. He used his police identification to convince Everard that she had violated coronavirus regulations, handcuffed her and got her into his car, according to CNN.

  • She was later assaulted and strangled. Her body was found a week after her disappearance, about 50 miles away in southeast England.

Go deeper: U.K. police criticized for response to vigil for slain Sarah Everard

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Meet Columbus' new (police) boss

Robert Clark, the new Columbus director of public safety. Photo courtesy the city of Columbus

Columbus' new director of public safety begins work today, bringing decades of law enforcement experience to the agency overseeing the police department.

Why it matters: Robert Clark will be heavily involved in ongoing efforts to reform the police department amid contentious relations with the public and a record number of homicides.

The new cold war panic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The world has seen a power struggle between nuclear powers before, and has seen those countries inch closer to military conflict. But it's never before seen a cold war between two countries as interconnected — with each other and with the rest of the globe — as the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Escalating antagonism between the world's two superpowers is likely to hinder global cooperation to fight climate change, divert resources to costly arms and tech races, complicate diplomacy for U.S. allies, and victimize Chinese and American citizens living in each other's countries.

Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.