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Change law to protect police officers who shoot people, says top cop

Armed police officerssource: The Independent
published: 6 July 2015

The law should be changed to protect police officers who shoot people in the line of duty, the head of the Metropolitan Police has said.

Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said it was not appropriate that firearms officers were having to justify split-second decisions years after they had been taken.

“I am worried that in law we put officers in the position that is the same as the criminal who decided to go out with the firearm, decided to commit a crime, they made that choice, and then the officer takes the right action and it still seems as though they’re having to explain it ten years later,” he told BBC News.

“That worries me and I think in law we have to look at it.”

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