Fear, panic and bloodshed have again gripped the United Kingdom after three Islamic terrorists killed seven and injured 48 others in a horrifying and grisly attack in London.
On Saturday evening, three masked Islamic terrorists drove a van at a speed of about 50 miles per hour into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge. The three attackers, one of whom was wearing a vest made to look like a suicide bomb, then exited their vehicle and began stabbing civilians in nearby restaurants and bars with knives, which have been described as “foot-long.”
Within eight minutes, police had arrived at the scene, drew their weapons, and killed the three terrorists. Prior to the arrival of the police, civilians, who are not legally permitted to have guns in the United Kingdom, were forced to defend themselves with whatever they could find, including glasses, chairs and tables.
In the immediate aftermath of these terrifying events, MSNBC anchor Richard Lui asked an expert he had been interviewing on the network if the police’s actions might be “overreacting” to the situation.
“When you have analyzed these incidents post facto, as well as during … there’s certainly a risk of under-reaction, but is there any risk of overreaction — of deploying too much?” Lui asked Jim Cavanaugh, a law-enforcement analyst for NBC News. “You know, as we’ve been watching all of this live coming into our satellite center here in New York City and then beaming it out from London, is there ever a point where you go, ‘Well, that’s too much,’ or ‘You shouldn’t be applying that amount of force there.'”
Cavanaugh answered Lui’s absurd question by saying that you really can’t have “too many officers” in a multiple-attack terror crisis.
“When there’s multiple attacks, really, I don’t think the response can be too large, to get enough officers and investigators there to quickly quell it and then find out what’s going on. It’s really not a question of too many officers,” Cavanaugh said. “It’s a question of using them adequately, smartly, getting all the help you can get.”
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