Originally posted by e4chris
Here is an article, its just been in the News and Theresa May got a round of applause from the police federation for her policy;
Is this right? I sympathise the argument, the police do put themselves in danger and need protection.
...[text shortened]... k into peoples houses, or for diminished responsability as with Derek Bentley?
There are 2 issues here.
The examples you give would most likely, if applicable, result in the person either being acquitted of murder, or the sentence reduced to manslaughter. So the whole of life tariff point would not apply in any case.
The other issue is whether the murder of a particular type of person should carry a tougher sentence.
As I don't support higher sentences for, say, racially aggravated offences, I don't support a mandatory whole of life sentence for killing a police officer.
I would be distressed, in fact, if someone got a tougher sentence for killing a police officer than for murdering my 7 year old son.