A senior prosecutor who shared social media posts from far right activists has been rebuked following an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Kim Kendall, who worked for the Crown Prosecution Service from its Hull office, made national headlines when she posted the messages last summer at the height of the Black Lives Matter campaign.
It was reported that Kendall shared a link on her Facebook page to a petition from the group Britain First calling for the statue of Nelson Mandela to be ‘torn down’. Screen grabs also appeared to show Kendall reposting a comment showing one of the killers of soldier Lee Rigby and saying: ‘I don’t remember the UK rioting after 2 black immigrants hacked to death a white British soldier in broad daylight… just saying!’
In a decision notice published today, the SRA stated that Kendall had be found to have ‘shared inappropriate social media posts on her social media account which caused offence to others and undermined the trust placed in her and in the provision of legal services and did not encourage equality, diversity or inclusion’.
The SRA also found that Kendall had failed to act in a way that upholds public trust and confidence in the solicitors’ profession. She was issued with a rebuke and ordered to pay costs of £600.
No mitigation was cited in the decision notice, which did not give details of which posts were found to be offensive.
The CPS would not reveal whether it still employs Kendall. A spokesperson told the Gazette: ‘We do not comment on matters relating to individual current or former employees.’
It was reported last year that two solicitors had made complaints relating to Kendall’s social media activity.