Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Families of Officers Shot Dead on Duty Demand the Death Penalty

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Families of Officers Shot Dead on Duty Demand the Death Penalty

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Byline: ROB SINGH

RELATIVES of police shot dead on duty called today for officers to be armed and the death penalty to be reintroduced.

Colin Walters, whose rookie policeman son Philip was killed by a gunman, called for a mandatory death penalty for murder and for all firearms offences to halt gun crime.

Taxi driver Mr Walters, 61, who lives in Ilford, said the murder of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky brought back terrible memories for his own family.

Mr Walters said: "It is

not just your own grief and distress, you feel for her family. We know exactly what they are going through."

Pc Walters, 28, was shot through the heart in an Ilford street after interrupting a Yardieorganised hit in April 1995.

Mr Walters said: "I have always believed in the death penalty.

There should be a mandatory death penalty for any murder and perhaps also for any offence involving a firearm. If there was a death penalty for carrying a gun, it might act as an effective deterrent. …

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