Target: Sydney Police Commissioner, Andrew P. Scipione
Goal: Applaud Sydney’s police for ensuring the safety of 17 people during a hostage crisis
People inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia were recently held hostage by a gunman and forced to wait as Sydney’s police tried to negotiate their safe return. After gunshots were heard from inside the cafe, the police stormed inside and shot and killed the gunman, but not before the gunman killed two innocent people.
The gunman has been identified as Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old Iranian-born terrorist who has had a long history of run-ins with the police. Monis was known for sending hate mail to the families of fallen soldiers and charged with harassment in the past. Later, he was also charged in the connection of the murder of his ex-wife, but was able to remain on bail as the case was pending.
During the 16-hour confrontation, hostages could be seen pressed up against the window holding a black flag associated with Islamic extremism. Monis had a website that criticized the United States, Britain, and Australia for their “oppression and terrorism” and contained pictures of dead children. The jihadist was clearly deranged and the Australian police dealt with him as best they could.
One policeman was shot in the face but is in stable condition and will make a full recovery. The police were seen coming in and out of the cafe to make sure that no other threats were apparent. Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione called the confrontation a “distressing time” for everyone involved and for their families as well.
The hostage situation was no doubt a terrifying ordeal for everyone and it is sad that two fell victim to a lunatic’s rampage. The Australian police did everything they could and managed to get the rest to safety. Please sign the petition below to thank them for their courage in a tense situation.
Dear Commissioner Scipione,
I would like to thank you and the Australian Police Department for your heroism during the recent hostage crisis, where the gunman identified as Man Haron Monis held 17 people captive in a cafe in Sydney, Australia. Your police men and women showed resolve and demonstrated that they were trained to properly handle hostage situations as best as they could.
While it is sad that two people did not make it out of the situation alive, we can be grateful for the remaining 15 people whose lives were saved by Australian police. It is comforting to know that properly trained police men and women are able to handle a difficult situation with quick thinking and bravery. Please extend my thanks to your department for their remarkable bravery and acts of courage.
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