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dateline: 25 April 2018

Police Officer Applauded for Not Shooting Toronto Attacker

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • applauded: praised for doing something good
  • injure: to hurt but not kill
  • rented: borrowed for a cost
  • van: a large vehicle used for transporting many people or things
  • spot: to see
  • refuse: to say no repeatedly

Police Officer Applauded for Not Shooting Toronto Attacker

People around the world are praising a Canadian police for not shooting an attacker on the streets of Toronto this week. The attacker had just killed 10 people and injured 14 others by driving a rented van down a busy Toronto . Constable Ken Lam, who spotted the attacker getting out of his van, told the man to get on the ground. Alek Minassian an unknown object at Lam and shouted at the officer to him. The officer refused to shoot and instead turned off his siren and then arrested the man peacefully.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why are people around the world praising this police officer?
  2. How did the attacker kill and hurt so many people?
  3. What did the attacker ask the police officer to do?

Discussion Question

Do you think the police officer made the right decision not to shoot this man? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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