There are some professions in which failure is a benign cost of doing business.
Just imagine a stockroom associate at Old Navy accidentally putting a stack of slim fit jeans on the display clearly labeled “regular fit”. This will not lead to any doomsday scenarios, nor will anyone be truly hurt by the mistake. (Well, I suppose their egos could take a beating if they try on the skinny jeans and believe that they’ve suddenly gained a great deal of weight, but that’s about it).
But when you work in law enforcement, particularly in sectors such as “counterterrorism”, you may want to mind your P’s and Q’s a bit more diligently.
The man who carried out Friday’s stabbing attack at London Bridge was a former prisoner convicted of terrorism offences.
The attacker, named by police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, was out of prison on licence at the time of the attack, in which a man and a woman were killed and three others were injured.
Khan was shot dead by officers after members of the public restrained him.
Police declared the attack a terrorist incident.
Authorities are now stating the obvious.
Khan was known to the authorities, having been convicted for terrorism offences in 2012, according to Met Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu.
“He was released from prison in December 2018 on licence and clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack,” he said in a statement.
The incident took the lives of two people, a man and a woman as of yet unidentified, with three other individuals remaining in the hospital at this time.