PFCC Candidate Calls For Harper’s Law
“This is utterly shocking and totally unacceptable,” said Ms Hume. “Our emergency workers should not be exposed to this terror every time they go to work. There need to be greater penalties to deter people from lashing out at our blue light workers.”
Ms Hume is backing Harper’s Law, where anyone guilty of causing the death of an emergency worker whilst committing a crime would be sentenced to a life jail term. The law was proposed by Lissie Harper, the widow of Andrew Harper, a police officer who was dragged to his death by a getaway car driven by teenagers. His killers were cleared of murder, and received sentences of between 13 and 16 years for PC Andrew Harper’s manslaughter.
“We have to do more to protect our protectors,” Ms Hume explained. “They have to know when they go to work that we have their backs, just like they have ours. We have to send out a message that there is zero-tolerance for those who attack police, fire and ambulance personnel. The penalties need to be as life-changing for the perpetrators as their crimes are for their victims.