The Widow of PC Andrew Harper has today sought to dispel what she has called “misleading” and “deliberately harmful” claims about her campaign for a new law meaning those who kill emergency workers are jailed for life.
Writing in her blog Lissie Harper has said she was “immensely grateful” for the public’s support after an online petition calling for “Harper’s Law” had almost reached 650K signatures.
But Lissie wanted to make it clear that there was some “incorrect statements” circulating within social media.
Writing “Harper’s Law will be a law which will mean that a person found guilty of killing a police officer, firefighter, nurse, doctor, paramedic or prison officer as a direct result of a crime they have committed, then they would be jailed for life,” she said.
“This means that a life sentence would be imposed, asking for a minimum term in prison, details we plan to discuss with politicians and decision makers soon.
“Harper’s Law is not asking for whole life orders, nor has it ever mentioned a life sentence for manslaughter. Any suggestion that this is what we are asking for is misleading, deliberately harmful and incorrect. I have no plans to strive for any legislation of this sort.”
She added: “It goes without saying that I am driven by the heinous killing of my brave husband and the safety of his colleagues in the future.”
Lissie and her husband PC Harper has just married just four weeks before the tragic night that PC harper responded to reports of a late-night burglary in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, last August.