Have just watched the news report on this and my wife commented that this creates a precedent and is insulting to widows of policemen previously killed in the line if duty. She is right. It is excessive.
Yes excessive and precedent are the right words. To be a police officer you and your family have to accept the risks that go with the job. Many people are killed at their work. I don't honestly see how this police officer was more brave than anyone else on that day. He like the others was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Of course he should be lauded, he tacked the murderer without knowing what weapons he had on him which was extremely brave. He gave his life to protect others and the least we can do is give him some public honor as a thank you.
There is a case that the other victims deserve more.
They were innocent passers by.
He was PAID to be there and to expect and help prevent terrorists.
That is not intended to detract from that fact that, unlike police in other countries, he did his job, and it cost him his life.
Sadly this is unlikely to be the last such terrorist attack. The chances are that others are going to be killed and that some of them will be police officers. So what do we do then? How do we decide who merits the sort of honer that this police officer has had? Does it set a precedent that others will have to be honored as this police officer was honored? Can we pick and choose whose coffin is to be placed in Westminster Hall Chapel? How do we select such people? By the job they do perhaps or by the standard of their bravery? Heros die every day and they are all heros to somebody. This policeman was after all just doing his job and insensitive as it seems it is avoiding such tragedies in the future that we should concern ourselves with not where a policeman's coffin is placed.