16.04.2021

Officers who stopped Christchurch mosque attacker get award

Two New Zealand law enforcement who managed to arrest someone accused of killing fifty-one people at two mosques earlier this year have been cited with regard to role in preventing more deaths.

Police officers stand guard outside the Al-Noor mosque all over Christchurch in April File: Tracey Nearmy/Reuters

The officers were granted the 2019 New Zealand Police Association Bravery Designation on Wednesday.

During the attack eight months ago, the authorities rammed the suspect’s car or truck. off the road in the city of Christchurch and dragged him using the vehicle.

All of the officers are credited that have saving lives after Brenton Tarrant wrote in his cartello that he planned to anxiety attack a third mosque in the the neighbourhood of Ashburton.

The identity of the representatives has been suppressed by the New Zealand court system ahead of Tarrant’s trial next June. Because of that secrecy, the officers received their awards at a private ceremony with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

In a statement, the officers said they were simply doing their job.

“For us, knowing we played our part in possibly preventing further casualties is really important,” the officers wrote.

“We know our families are truly proud of what we were able to do, and that has helped tremendously in the past months.”

They said they were also proud of the way New Zealanders had united in rejecting the abhorrent views and actions that were behind the mass killings.

Police Association President Chris Cahill said police were “incredibly proud” of the way the officers had acted.

“All officers wonder how they would respond when faced with a split-second decision to risk their lives,” Cahill said in a statement.

“These two officers have answered that question by responding with outstanding bravery which protected many others from further harm.”

They said they had known each other for many years, including playing rugby games together, and had complete trust in each other’s abilities.

In August, the New Zealand government also awarded medals to those who died while saving others during the attack.

Mian Naeem Rashid was posthumously awarded because of bravery, after being slain charging the attacker within it Al Noor mosque.

Tarrant, a complete 28-year-old Australian white supremacist, faces 51 charges at murder, 40 charges pertaining to attempted murder and one payment of terrorism.

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