PC Harper’s mother: We need an ‘Andrew’s Law’

by birtanpublished on August 17, 2020

I miss his comical presence really um it's a difficult one to answer because there's just it's just the whole the whole man um just knowing that he's there and you're

You're not going to see him it's just so difficult to pin down to one thing it's this he just lit up the room he was just always funny and caring and comical and

Protective and he just had a real lust for life i mean to anyone looking at they might think oh you're dealing with it remarkably well but what's the real picture

For you the real picture is you wake up in the morning people assume that you've got um you know you wake up and suddenly it hits you like a brick it's not like that it's

24 7 in my mind it's it's a big it's a percentage of my brain 24 7. so i don't sleep and forget and have that feeling i wake up knowing exactly

That he's he's not here debbie could you um take me back to the moment that you were told about what had happened to andrew um waking up to a knock on the door

At 4 45 in the morning and two officers were stood at the door and they kind of said we come in and they were already in really and they just told me straight out they

Didn't soft coat it which is the right way to do it i think um i just just kept telling them to not tell me

Um don't tell me that because it's it's you just don't want to hear it and you you try your hardest not to take it in and not to believe it and then they're standing there then you can't close your eyes and open them and

They're gone they're still there but it's it's just one of those things you just can't even imagine i can't even explain it it's just it's not like anything else you can ever imagine and or explain

Um your world has just changed forever can you tell me what you really want to see happen now i really believe that we need a clear-cut system for how things are going to be in the future

If you kill or you injure seriously injure a police officer or any blue light worker there should be a minimum term um we didn't get what we thought was was right for andrew

But we've had to go through this trial thinking we'd be in a different position now there should be a minimum term and we're looking at minimum 20 years but with no reductions for being of a

Certain age or you know because you've you've done your your early admittance or anything if if you've killed a police officer when they're working if they're on duty

And you're committing a crime they they die because of your actions there shouldn't be a murder manslaughter debate you've killed that officer while he's doing his job

Tell me about the name of the campaign and and what it will mean for you yeah we we're going to call it andrew's law obviously a memory of andrew and his legacy has to be something more positive

The legacy can't be the sentence that was received for the court case everything that andrew stood up for and believed in was to do good this is the best way to

Honor him at the moment and make that his legacy something positive that reflects the injustice of of what he's sadly been put through can you tell me why

You've chosen the blue lined feather and the particular number to be the kind of emblems for your campaign yeah the the number um was his shoulder number um i think quite a few people

Know that they've seen it people have supported um they all know that number quite well in their heads now and initially we were going to use a blue line which has been used many times

Before but i went out to give some bird food out to the robins the other day and then i found this amazing feather which was just sat there waiting for me

And it's got a big it's a big black feather with a big bright blue stripe going down the side and it just felt like a gift um and anyone that's lost a son or anybody close to them will know those

Gifts are absolutely treasured

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