UK Officer’s Widow Wins Fight to Toughen Sentencing for Killers of Emergency Workers

The widow of a British policeman who was killed after being dragged behind a getaway car has won government backing for mandatory life sentences for killers of emergency service workers. Police Constable Andrew Harper, 28, was killed while on duty in Berkshire, England, in August 2019. His three killers, Henry Long, 19, Albert Bowers, 18, and Jessie Cole, 18, were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter in July 2020. Long, the driver of the getaway car, was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Bowers and Cole, the two passengers in the car, were sentenced to 13 years each. For two years, Harper’s widow Lissie—with support from the Police Federation of England and Wales—has been campaigning for harsher sentencing for the convicted killers of emergency services workers. On Nov. 24, the government confirmed that it would introduce “Harper’s Law,” which will give mandatory life sentences to anyone who commits the …

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