UK police bill sparks protests after Everard murder

London police clamped down on protesters rallying against a new bill on Monday, that critics say would give officers too much power to crush peaceful protests.

Chanting "kill the bill," demonstrators convened on British parliament as lawmakers debated -- they blocked traffic on nearby Westminister Bridge, before marching on to police headquarters and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office.

Monday's protests come on the heels of days of demonstrations over the kidnapping and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, which has sparked global outrage over the failure to protect women's safety.

A police officer, 48-year-old Wayne Couzens, has been charged with Everard's murder.

Police broke up a vigil planned for Everard on Saturday, saying it breached lockdown rules, and dragged away several mourners in what was widely seen as excessive force.

Under Monday's proposed bill, police would be able to impose a start and end time for demonstrations, set a noise limit and shut down protests that have a quote "relevant impact on persons in the vicinity."

London Met Police chief Cressida Dick, who has rejected calls for her resignation over the protests, said the draft law would only target demonstrations that aim to quote "bring policing to its knees and the city to a halt."

But opponents say the law's "deliberately vague language" could be used to shut down almost any kind of protest.

In a separate measure, British lawmakers introduced an amendment on Monday which would classify misogyny as a hate crime.