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Arm all police officers? Depends if you’re Jean Charles de Menezes, Marc Duggan, Pc Fiona Bone or Pc Nicola Hughes

by | 20th, September 2012

PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes were murdered on duty . Last summer, when Marc Duggan was shot dead by police , the call was for less police guns. When unarmed  Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police as he ran for the Tube, did arming all police look like a sensible answer to maintaining law and order?

Now two policewomen have been murdered the call is for more guns. As ever, we hear from the grieving:

Pc Fiona Bone’s father:

“I never expected this. It’s so hard to take. He deserves to be hanged but I know we’ll never get that.”

Darren Rathband, brother of the late Pc David Rathband, the cop blinded by Raoul Moat:

“How many officers need to die before the powers realise that it is the 21st century and you cannot fight crime with an outdated piece of plastic and a bit of spray?” he said. “No job is a routine job and there is always the potential for conflict. We don’t go on jobs where people are happy to see us.”

Paul Beshenivsky , wife of murdered Pc wife Sharon Beshenivsky:

“I think police, in honesty, should be armed, walking into situations that they’re not totally aware of.”

Since 2000, six police officers

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