@ Jack Campin
Sorry Jack I don't think that is correct. I'm sure Christopher Craig was released after a few years and a recent write up over this issue also mentions the release of Magdi Elgizouli for a murder in the 70's?
But yeah, you have my total agreement that herself is just grandstanding. She has been out of her depth for years and everyone but her can see it. Talk about being promoted beyond your abilities!
In terms of the OP and other points:
No, a police officers life is worth no more that anyone elses. Each loss of life and the circumstances surrounding it needs to be judged on an individual basis.
Death penalty. Absolutely not. Human beings (no matter how educated and self important) are very very fallible, very very prone to unsound judgement, and very very subject to bringing individual predjudice to the table. Plus my government killing people on my behalf damages my spirit, and they do enough of that already.