Firstly, I know this post has nothing to do with the aims of this blog, but occasionally things need to be said and, as my outlet, this is where I will post.
The London bridge attack saw multiple people injured, two people murdered, and the attacker shot dead. I’m not claiming to know everything on this subject, but I’ve followed as it became news and I have deep regret that once again, one evil person has managed to make such a mark on the lives of others.
It truly is times like these that as citizens of a nation, as neighbours, and as friends we must pull together.
The police officers involved, both armed and unarmed, are heroes in my eyes. It is believed that one man involved in initially subduing the attacker and taking the knife from him was in fact an off duty officer; I respect you sir. From the video footage, it appears that 3 armed officers jumped into the struggle, removed all civilians from the danger zone, and confronted this person. At that point, one officer was forced to make a decision; risk letting this man live whilst faced with a suicide vest meaning risking his own life, his colleagues, and the public, or use his weapon. I can’t begin to imagine what this officer had running through his head, but I am glad he was there, and so well trained. This man did his job perfectly. I’m not getting into the politics and ethics of it all, but hats off to that officer.
I will not name the attacker and give him what he wanted. I will think of the families of those affected, and I will think of the bravery of everyone, both police and civilian, involved in ending this person’s attack.
RIP Jack Merritt. You did not deserve to die. I am thinking of you, and your family.
RIP to the lady murdered in this senseless attack. I do not know your name, but I am thinking of you all the same.
Thank you to all involved. You are the definition of ‘hero’. I am sorry you were forced to become that.