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Andrew49
01-04-2010, 06:50 PM
The Independent Police Complaints Commission, who review police behaviour, failed a year ago to get an injunction to prevent Channel 4 News from broadcasting pictures showing Ian Tomlinson moments before he was shoved and struck by a police officer at the G20 protest. Mr Tomlinson died minutes later. Channel 4 News pieced together extensive footage which appears to show the officer involved in several chaotic incidents with protestors.

G20 Video Evidence (http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/society/law_order/exclusive+new+g20+video+evidence/3103837)

UPDATE

One year on from Ian Tomlinson's death at the G20 protests, there has still been no decision on whether to charge the police offricer who struck him and pushed him to the ground. One year after Ian Tomlinson died shortly after being pushed to the ground during clashes between police and G20 protesters, supporters have written an open letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) complaining about delays in investigating his death. The letter is signed by human rights organisations, lawyers, academics and families of the victims of death in custody.

Plea to prosecutor over ian Tomlinson death (http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/uk/tomlinson+g20+death+letter+to+dpp/3598167)

RighteousAnger
01-04-2010, 07:08 PM
And to make matters worse, the UK government is currently passing legislation that will empower the police to seize cameras of anyone they dont like or order them to stop filming. Then theyll be able to beat people to death without getting caught.

1984 is getting closer, in the UK.

Andrew49
01-04-2010, 07:22 PM
And to make matters worse, the UK government is currently passing legislation that will empower the police to seize cameras of anyone they dont like or order them to stop filming. Then theyll be able to beat people to death without getting caught.

1984 is getting closer, in the UK.

I totally agree.

Ian's death is reminiscent of the death of Blair Peach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blair_Peach) in 1979, which I remember very well. Blair was an east London teacher who had come over to the UK from New Zealand. He was also a member of the Socialist Workers Party and the Anti Nazi League. He was killed protesting at the National Front, which was holding a meeting in the predominantly Asian area of Southall, west London. His police killers still walk free. When the lockers and some houses of Special Patrol Group members were later searched coshes, knives, bayonets, swords and Nazi regalia were found. The unit was later "disbanded".

5intheface
27-04-2010, 08:20 PM
I totally agree.

Ian's death is reminiscent of the death of Blair Peach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blair_Peach) in 1979, which I remember very well. Blair was an east London teacher who had come over to the UK from New Zealand. He was also a member of the Socialist Workers Party and the Anti Nazi League. He was killed protesting at the National Front, which was holding a meeting in the predominantly Asian area of Southall, west London. His police killers still walk free. When the lockers and some houses of Special Patrol Group members were later searched coshes, knives, bayonets, swords and Nazi regalia were found. The unit was later "disbanded".

The police today finally published the report into Blair Peach's killing stating he probably died after being hit by a Police truncheon or radio. It took 31 years for them to act and no one is expected to face charges directly linked to the death.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8646829.stm

Andrew49
27-04-2010, 08:37 PM
The police today finally published the report into Blair Peach's killing stating he probably died after being hit by a Police truncheon or radio. It took 31 years for them to act and no one is expected to face charges directly linked to the death.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8646829.stm

I remember one explanation at the time from the police:

That Blair had a abnormally thin skull!

I still regard this as an unjustifiable homicide.

truth.ie
27-04-2010, 09:06 PM
The killing of Tomlinson although tragic, was not as heavy handed or brutal as some baton charges I have seen the Gardai conduct. It certainly didn't look like they intended to do serious harm.(I'm no supporter of the Met)
It's a miracle there have not been more deaths from Gardai brutality to be honest.

5intheface
27-04-2010, 09:10 PM
I remember one explanation at the time from the police:

That Blair had a abnormally thin skull!

And the Police had abnormally brass necks.

Andrew49
29-11-2010, 06:20 PM
Officer faces misconduct hearing over death of Ian Tomlinson, but family said they have little hope of seeing justice for him as the Met announced the officer who attacked him in the G20 protests will face a misconduct hearing. Source (http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/officer_faces_misconduct_hearing_over_death_of_ian _tomlinson_1_740342)

PC Simon Harwood will have to answer allegations that he “pushed and struck Mr Tomlinson, and that such dangerous actions inadvertently caused or contributed to the death of Mr Tomlinson,” the force said in a statement today. But the family of the former newspaper vendor said the hearing has taken too long to come and will not help them in their quest for justice. Paul King, Mr Tomlinson’s son, said: “There will nothing in the hearing that will convey how we feel about our dad and what happened to him. They’ll all move on after the hearing is over but that will just be the start of it for us because for almost two years we haven’t had a chance to really grieve our dad.”

onemorething
29-11-2010, 06:49 PM
And lets not forget the regular use of excessive force by Gardai in Mayo to protect Shell from the 'embarrassment' of legitimate public protest. Pat O Donnel reminded a public meeting in Kinsale last week of how he was beaten and lost teeth when he moved to help a protestor struck to the ground by Gardai. When he took a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman he was charged instead with assault, while Gardai destroyed video footage that would have shown that the opposite was true.

Police brutality, injustice and corruption are a regular occurence in Mayo. There are many, many similar stories to tell.

Andrew49
29-11-2010, 07:12 PM
And lets not forget the regular use of excessive force by Gardai in Mayo to protect Shell from the 'embarrassment' of legitimate public protest. Pat O Donnel reminded a public meeting in Kinsale last week of how he was beaten and lost teeth when he moved to help a protestor struck to the ground by Gardai. When he took a complaint to the Garda Ombudsman he was charged instead with assault, while Gardai destroyed video footage that would have shown that the opposite was true.

Police brutality, injustice and corruption are a regular occurence in Mayo. There are many, many similar stories to tell.

.. and chapters yet to be written considering the rising tide of the anger in this country. Fianna Fail have acted brutally against dissent in this country in the past and, before the expire finally, will do so again.

Design for Life
30-11-2010, 03:53 AM
Each time I see a Garda raise his/her kosh over their head I think of Ian Tomlinson. I also think of the scandalous behaviour of the Gardai in May 2002...

I wonder when one of these head shots against non-violent non-existent threats will lead to serious injury.

C. Flower
03-05-2011, 03:06 PM
A verdict of unlawful killing due to excessive and unreasonable force has been brought in at the inquest.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
03-05-2011, 03:51 PM
I'm not surprised as the whole thing was caught on film and Tomlinson was attacked from behind. They couldn't do anything else. This should lead to charges against the officer concerned.

Underlines the importance of filming police at demonstrations.

Holly
03-05-2011, 03:57 PM
Shaming and naming bullies by use of the Internet and proper investigative news coverage such as Channel 4 is a useful arrow to have in a quiver.

C. Flower
03-05-2011, 05:08 PM
I'm not surprised as the whole thing was caught on film and Tomlinson was attacked from behind. They couldn't do anything else. This should lead to charges against the officer concerned.

Underlines the importance of filming police at demonstrations.


Yes. Always keep your back to police officers if you want a successful outcome in court. Or maybe not.

Andrew49
03-05-2011, 05:45 PM
A verdict of unlawful killing due to excessive and unreasonable force has been brought in at the inquest.

That's good news - I think!

A biography, by his family, is included here Link (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13034919)

He seems to have been a quiet decent man and he had the support of his family despite problems in his life.

a statement from the Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner Rose Fitzpatrick:


"Over the last few weeks we have heard in detail the circumstances surrounding Mr Tomlinson's death and I wish to express my profound condolences to this family. It is a matter of deep regret that the actions of an MPS officer have been found to have caused the death of a member of the public. Policing major public order events is a challenging and difficult task. It has been demonstrated in this case that all police officers are accountable for their actions and we would not want it any other way. If someone dies following police contact it is only right their death is thoroughly investigated. It is in the best interests of all affected that the facts of what happened are fully established and the MPS has fully supported and cooperated with the independent IPCC investigations. PC Harwood will now be subject to misconduct proceedings and the Crown Prosecution Service will reconsider the case. It would therefore be inappropriate to say anything further at this point."

'MISCONDUCT PROCEEDINGS" !!!

Captain Con O'Sullivan
03-05-2011, 05:49 PM
Thats the internal Met procedure which will run alongside any charges laid by the CPS....

Andrew49
03-05-2011, 06:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HECMVdl-9SQ

Andrew49
03-05-2011, 06:34 PM
Videos showing Ian Tomlinson and several of the policeman

G20 Video evidence from Channel 4 (http://www.channel4.com/news/exclusive-new-g20-video-evidence)

Seán Ryan
03-05-2011, 07:06 PM
I just read your quote from Rose Fitzpatrick, Andrew. Jesus! The balls of brass on that.

She basically concludes that the verdict proves that the police are accountable. Despite there having been no accountability to date. And now she announces that misconduct proceedings will commence. A homicide investigation should have commenced immediately upon the act itself if not on the appearance of the video footage.

There are very specific rules concerning the use of a baton: when it may be used and where an officer should strike with it. These rules were not adhered to with regard to Ian Tomlinson. They seldom are.

The verdict is anything but a vindication of the police and their alleged accountability. It is an indictment of them. And spinning that fact is a further indictment of them, indicating that the rot goes a lot further up the ladder, than merely visiting the officer who attacked Mr Tomlinson.

5intheface
03-05-2011, 07:30 PM
Anyone just coming to this thread should have a look at the video in the OP which tracks the movements and behaviour of the PC involved before his attack on Mr. Tomlinson.

Seán Ryan
03-05-2011, 11:45 PM
Since 1990 unlawful killing verdicts have been returned in eleven death in custody cases, none of which has resulted in a successful prosecution. The verdict of unlawful killing can only be returned on the criminal standard of proof where a jury is sure beyond reasonable doubt that the death was the result of gross negligence manslaughter or murder. Despite a pattern of cases where inquest juries have rejected the official version of events and found overwhelming evidence of unlawful and excessive use of force or gross neglect, no police or prison officer or nurse has been held responsible, either at an individual or senior management level, for institutional and systemic failures to improve training and other policies.

Our monitoring has revealed an institutional unwillingness to approach these deaths as potential homicides or manslaughter, which affects the whole process from the investigation carried out by the police (who may not even define the place of death as a crime scene) through to the considerations by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). This encourages a culture of impunity and sends a clear message to police and prison officers and other detaining agents that when deaths occur as a result of their acts or omissions they will not be called to account. Through this process the perception is created that state agents are above the law. This is one of the most contentious issues in relation to the approach of the criminal justice system to all deaths in custody.

JURY’S VERDICT OF UNLAWFUL KILLING AT INQUEST INTO DEATH OF IAN TOMLINSON VINDICATES FAMILY AND PUBLIC CONCERN (http://inquest.gn.apc.org/website/press-releases/press-releases-2011/verdict-unlawful-killing-ian-tomlinson)

Dr. FIVE
04-05-2011, 12:51 PM
http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=47050&c=1


Paul Lewis: Met told us to 'lay off' Tomlinson story

4 May 2011

By Paul Lewis

Yesterday newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson was judged by an inquest jury to have been unlawfully killed by a policeman during the G20 protest in London on 1 April, 2009.

That inquest relied heavily on video and other evidence brought to light by The Guardian – which handed a dossier to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Here Guardian reporter Paul Lewis reveals the story behind the story.

I was on the bus when my editor called. A man had died the previous evening during the G20 demonstrations, which I had been reporting.

All we knew about Ian Tomlinson at that time was he was a man wearing a Millwall shirt. I called the Millwall Football Supporters Association - no answer. I got my pad out on the bus and started calling all the mobile numbers of people I took quotes from the previous day, to see if they had seen anything.

One of them had, and I waited an hour at an estate in Shepherd’s Bush for some teenagers to bring me photos of Tomlinson, and another hour convincing them not to sell the pictures to the tabloids.

The images showed Tomlinson on the pavement, in front of a line of riot police. Another showed a protester picking him up. A quick look at Google Streetmap showed the pictures were taken at a different place to where he finally collapsed and died.

Back in the office, it was decided not to run all the pictures, but David Taylor, the editor who shepherded me through the story, took me off a web shift so I could dig deeper. David kept the email I sent to him: “I know there are thoughts I’m a conspiracy theorist, but the more I discover about dead man, the more suspicious I get. Things don’t add up and the police are cagey. Post-mortem postponed. Again.”

That day we started running stories questioning the police version of events. I got hold of ten witnesses, three of whom had seen police attack Tomlinson. I met the witnesses separately near the Bank of England, concerned they should not hear each other’s testimony, and asked them to walk me through events as they saw them.

Police official statements and briefings seemed to have discouraged others from looking into the story, and the Met and City of London police press offices are currently under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

I think there was a lot of briefing. My seniors at the paper were being told there was nothing in the story, and I should lay off. The Tomlinson family’s police liaison officer personally told me that my articles were upsetting them. (I later found out this was untrue.)

The breakthrough came from a New York hedge fund manager. He was in contact with Bloomberg about a digital camera video of the attack but, persuaded that the Guardian was the only news organisation questioning the police account, he decided to give it to us.

It was 2am that night that the file to drop arrived. I emailed David: “He has his hands in his pockets. Two officers with dogs surround him. A third officer hits him on his back with a baton and a great deal of force. He goes flying to the ground and hit his head. He remonstrates with police from the floor but they leave him there until a bystander helps him to his feet. Will be in first thing (ish) to show you.”

Andrew49
04-05-2011, 03:17 PM
G20: Guardian reporter told to 'lay off' Tomlinson story. Link (http://tinyurl.com/5sor84q)

.. or Journalism 101.

kozlov
12-05-2011, 07:10 AM
Some of the British Police wouldnt be out of place in NAZI Germany!:(

Captain Con O'Sullivan
12-05-2011, 08:38 AM
Mixture of a bunker mentality and the fact that many of these 'police officers' have a low mental age and see the police as being in a gang.

Worked with a guy who was a former detective sergeant in south london and swore blind all round him that Colin Stagg was guilty of the Rachel Nickell murder on Wimbledon Common. Came out a few years later after the cops had tried everything in their power to fit Stagg up that a chap already in custody confessed to the murder.

The cops there even had a female police officer work undercover to try to befriend Stagg and record anything that might be useful in fitting him up. A judge described the cops involved as determined to shortcut all appropriate procedures.

I was chairing a panel of jurors some years ago and watched as a really thick PC tried to back up his mate in a case of assault on a police officer- he lied his head off in the witness box (really badly) and I would describe him as barely literate from the way he consulted his notes.

He must have had some talent though as he could apparently be witnessing two separate events in two seperate rooms of a house at exactly the same time. As it happened his evidence was unnecessary but it was a grim procedure watching a copper lying his head off embarrassingly obviously in a court room.

Captain Con O'Sullivan
24-05-2011, 10:45 AM
PC to be prosecuted for death of Ian Tomlinson

'A police officer is to be charged with manslaughter over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the 2009 G20 protests.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said there was now a "realistic prospect" of convicting Pc Simon Harwood.

An inquest earlier this month returned a verdict of unlawful death on the 47-year-old.

Mr Tomlinson's family said they were "more than happy" about the decision.

The officer is due to appear before magistrates on 20 June.'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13519281

Andrew49
24-05-2011, 12:00 PM
PC to be prosecuted for death of Ian Tomlinson

'A police officer is to be charged with manslaughter over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the 2009 G20 protests.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said there was now a "realistic prospect" of convicting Pc Simon Harwood.

An inquest earlier this month returned a verdict of unlawful death on the 47-year-old.

Mr Tomlinson's family said they were "more than happy" about the decision.

The officer is due to appear before magistrates on 20 June.'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13519281

Let's hope Justice wins out here for Ian and his family.

The last 26 minutes of Ian Tomlinson's life
1. 1855: Mr Tomlinson leaves Monument station to head home

2. 1859: He walks north along King William Street, but is turned back by police

3. 1902: The newspaper seller sits on a wall before cutting through onto Lombard Street

4. 1906: A few minutes later, he comes into contact with police again on Lombard Street

5. 1915: Mr Tomlinson then passes through Change Alley and is diverted again by more police officers

6. 1918: He crosses Cornhill towards Royal Exchange Buildings

7. 1920: As police sweep down Royal Exchange, Mr Tomlinson is hit by a baton and pushed to the ground. A bystander helps him to his feet

8. 1921: The newspaper vendor walks along Cornhill before collapsing and dying

Source: Inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson. Parts of route and some timings are approximate.

Andrew49
19-07-2012, 06:10 PM
Incredibly a jury at Southwark Crown Court has concluded PC Simon Harwood's actions were not criminal and he has been found not guilty of manslaughter. Source (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18851486)


What the jury didn't hear was PC Simon Harwood was repeatedly accused of excessive force against public and avoided disciplinary proceedings by transferring between forces.
Source (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/19/simon-harwood-disciplinary-proceedings?newsfeed=true)

Andrew49
19-07-2012, 06:26 PM
During the inquest into Ian Tomlinson's death, lawyers for his family argued that PC Harwood's employment record should form part of the hearing. The coroner disagreed, saying that it would prejudice the hearing. The record was also kept from the jury at the manslaughter trial.

What was kept from the jury: LINK (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/19/simon-harwood-disciplinary-proceedings?newsfeed=true)

Andrew49
05-08-2013, 09:22 PM
Police apologise over death of Ian Tomlinson


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4SBAtlmZyQ

Seán Ryan
07-08-2013, 02:17 PM
Police apologise over death of Ian Tomlinson


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4SBAtlmZyQ

It never ceases to amaze me that nobody ever points out that lots of PC Harwood's accomplices witnessed his actions and didn't so much as intervene never mind arrest him. Despite the fact that his actions were obviously criminal in nature. Harwood isn't the primal piece of scum in this picture. The police are. Not a good apple to be seen.