Lissie Harper swears that she will never give up the fight to preserve the 999 heroes.
PC Andrew Harper’s widow has sworn to never give up her campaign for a law to protect the 999 heroes. Lissie Harper, 30, is urging the government to pass laws ensuring that killers of police and emergency personnel are automatically sentenced to life in prison.
“Our guardians need our protection, to know that we appreciate what they do for us, that running into danger when everyone else runs away from it will not be met with injustice like it did for my husband,” Lissie said a year after she launched her campaign.
We realize it won’t happen tomorrow, but make no mistake: I’m not going to let this go to the wayside.” In August 2019, Lissie lost her childhood sweetheart when he was dragged to death while investigating a quad bike burglary in Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, four weeks after their wedding.
After his feet became caught in a towing strap hanging from the boot of the robbers’ getaway car as it drove away, PC Harper, 28, suffered horrible injuries.
In July of last year, the three killers were acquitted of murder at the Old Bailey. Henry Long, who was 18 at the time, confessed manslaughter and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Accomplices Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 17 at the time, were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 13 years in prison. They were all sentenced to serve two-thirds of their sentences in prison instead of the standard half.
The sentences sparked a heated public debate, prompting Lissie to establish her Harper’s Law campaign. More than 758,000 individuals have joined her web petition since then.
“One year ago, I set out on a path to achieve a significant change in the law,” Lissie explained. The Harper’s Law campaign was born out of the horrific and criminal manner in which my husband, PC Andrew Harper, was killed while on duty – and the insufficient punishment meted out to the offenders. I’ve spent many years as the spouse of a police officer, a frontline hero, and I’ve often felt the same anxiety that we all feel when they go to work, knowing the genuine threats they confront.
“Day after day, police officers – and, regrettably, many of our first responders – stare danger in the face and keep going. “Brinkwire Summary News” is the situation they find themselves in.