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Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the man who died at last week's G20 protests in London was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a batonwielding police officer in riot … Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the man who died at last week's G20 protests in London was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a batonwielding police officer in riot gear.

Moments after the assault on Ian Tomlinson was captured on video, he suffered a heart attack and died.

The Guardian is preparing to hand a dossier of evidence to the police complaints watchdog.

It sheds new light on the events surrounding the death of the 47-year-old newspaper seller, who had been on his way home from work when he was confronted by lines of riot police near the Bank of England.

The submission to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) includes a collection of testimonies from witnesses, along with the video footage, shot at around 7.20pm, which shows Tomlinson at Royal Exchange Passage.

The film reveals that as he walks, with his hands in his pockets, he does not speak to the police or offer any resistance.

A phalanx of officers, some with dogs and some in riot gear, are close behind him and try to urge him forward.

A Metropolitan police officer appears to strike him with a baton, hitting him from behind on his upper thigh.

Moments later, the same policeman rushes forward and, using both hands, pushes Tomlinson in the back and sends him flying to the ground, where he remonstrates with police who stand back, leaving bystanders to help him to his feet.

The man who shot the footage, a fund manager from New York who was in London on business, said: "The primary reason for me coming forward is that it was clear the family were not getting any answers."

The Guardian's dossier also includes a sequence of photographs, taken by three different people, showing the aftermath of the attack, as well as witness statements from people in the area at the time.

A number of witnesses provided time and date-stamped photographs that substantiate their accounts.

Some said they saw police officers attack Tomlinson.

Witnesses said that, prior to the moment captured on video, he had already been hit with batons and thrown to the floor by police who blocked his route home.

One witness, Anna Branthwaite, a photographer, described how, in the minutes before the video was shot, she saw Tomlinson walking towards Cornhill Street.

"A riot police officer had already grabbed him and was pushing him," she said.

"It wasn't just pushing him he'd rushed him. He went to the floor and he did actually roll. That was quite noticeable.

"It was the force of the impact. He bounced on the floor. It was a very forceful knocking down from behind. The officer hit him twice with a baton when he was lying on the floor.

"So it wasn't just that the officer had pushed him it became an assault.

"And then the officer picked him up from the back, continued to walk or charge with him, and threw him.

"He was running and stumbling. He didn't turn and confront the officer or anything like that."

The witness accounts contradict the official version of events given by police.

In an official statement on the night of Tomlinson's death, the Metropolitan police made no reference to any contact with officers and simply described attempts by police medics and an ambulance crew to save his life after he collapsed efforts they said were marred by protesters throwing missiles as first aid was administered .

The force said officers had created a cordon around Tomlinson to give him CPR.

"The officers took the decision to move him as during this time a number of missiles - believed to be bottles - were being thrown at them," it said.

Yesterday, the IPCC began managing an investigation by City of London police into the circumstances of Tomlinson's death after the Guardian published photographs of him on the ground and witness statements indicated he had been assaulted by police officers.

The IPCC commissioner for London, Deborah Glass, said: "Initially, we had accounts from independent witnesses who were on Cornhill, who told us that there had been no contact between the police and Mr Tomlinson when he collapsed."

"However, other witnesses who saw him in the Royal Exchange area have since told us that Mr Tomlinson did have contact with police officers.

"This would have been a few minutes before he collapsed. It is important that we are able to establish as far as possible whether that contact had anything to do with his death."

The IPCC added that Tomlinson was captured on CCTV walking onto Royal Exchange Passage.

"This is the aspect of the incident that the IPCC is now investigating," it said.

It was here the video was shot. A post mortem carried out by a Home Office pathologist last Friday revealed Tomlinson died of a heart attack.

Prior to seeing the dossier of evidence, Tomlinson's family said in a statement: "There were so many people around where Ian died, and so many people with cameras, that somebody must have seen what happened in the Royal Exchange passageway.

"We need to know what happened there and whether it had anything to do with Ian's death.

"We know that some people who were at the protest may not feel comfortable talking to the police.

"People are putting pictures on the internet, writing on blogs and talking to journalists. But we really need them to talk to the people who are investigating what happened."
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#2
they also assaulted numerous innocents during the Gaza parades. That time the protestors were made out to be thugs, despite clear footage showing police brutality.

welcome to 21st century britain, hail the gestapo
#3
Pigs.
1 Like #4
it happens all over the world. It's few people at the top who control the masses.

It certainly ain't power to the people. It's power to the few scumbags at the top.

Honest, justice and righteousness are no longer valued in todays society. it's all about fame and following what others do.
#5
all i can say is: wtf?!
#6
rash
it happens all over the world. It's few people at the top who control the masses.

It certainly ain't power to the people. It's power to the few scumbags at the top.

Honest, justice and righteousness are no longer valued in todays society. it's all about fame and following what others do.

:thumbsup:
1 Like #7
sick :-(
#8
The officer must be identified and made to answer for his actions in the same way as any other person would need to. What the video shows is someone walking away and being attacked. Whether a link can be proved between the attack and his later death I dont know.
#9
its a shame i just hope the family get the answers they are looking for, leaving his family in limbo must be horrible wondering what happened my thoughts are with them
#10
No surprise there
#11
I think it is important to see what happened in the 1-2 minutes before that video. He is clearly in a position that the police are not happy about and seems to be walking as if drunk very slowly with his hands in his pockets, allbeit away from the police. I would question what had happened before this point, whether he had been abusive and refused to move away for the cordon and whether he actually was "just going home from work". He certainly walks off happy enough after being pushed to the ground, unlike he was doing so before the 'attack'.
1 Like #12
I did get the impression from watching news footage on the day that there were some police officers clearly up for a fight. Maybe they were not the only ones. But many of them did not appear to be attacking the people that were causing the trouble, rather using brute force against compliant protestors. I wonder what rules they were following or thought they were following.
banned#13
Makes me so f'ing angry and sick. Pigs these days.
#14
Just a small minority of police officers unfortunately. Not all are 'pigs'
#15
choc1969
Just a small minority of police officers unfortunately. Not all are 'pigs'



i agree with you its only a small minority that are evil the rest try their best in difficult situations
banned 1 Like #16
pghstochaj
I think it is important to see what happened in the 1-2 minutes before that video. He is clearly in a position that the police are not happy about and seems to be walking as if drunk very slowly with his hands in his pockets, allbeit away from the police. I would question what had happened before this point, whether he had been abusive and refused to move away for the cordon and whether he actually was "just going home from work". He certainly walks off happy enough after being pushed to the ground, unlike he was doing so before the 'attack'.


So you want to know what he did for the police officer to hit him on the leg from behind, and then barge him to the ground?
#17
choc1969
Just a small minority of police officers unfortunately. Not all are 'pigs'


+1.... the majority of 'pigs' put their lives on the line to protect us..... i say they do a good job but there is the odd one that takes our trust for granted :)
#18
this is sick, its just a average guy with his hands in his pockets, no mask no abuse at anyone, rather than push him away they hit his legs and smashed the batton in his back so hard he falls to the ground.
i think the top police people should be on trial and not just the officer who did it.
the instructions from the top were to be ruthless.
they will hang the officer out to dry to cover themselves.
#19
FilthAndFurry
So you want to know what he did for the police officer to hit him on the leg from behind, and then barge him to the ground?


Well yes, don't you? I want to know why he was clearly stationary at the start of the video, was he not being compliant or worse, acting in an attacking manner? At the moment we have about 1/10 of the story, and making judgements at this stage would be flawed to say the least.
#20
ttwcd
its a shame i just hope the family get the answers they are looking for, leaving his family in limbo must be horrible wondering what happened my thoughts are with them


For this false hope, please refer to the parents of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Not attributed to the actions of those upholding law & order, but in some part due to their inactions, also see the case of Stephen Lawrence. His parents were also failed by the justice system.

But do not assume the actions of one officer, or a group of officers, captured on video (who do not seem to be concerned by their colleague's interaction with the public, nor do they have any concern for the gentleman who fell even if they did not see the reason why), are indicative of the entire Metropolitan Police Force, or any officers outside of London.

BFN,

fp.
#21
pghstochaj
I think it is important to see what happened in the 1-2 minutes before that video. He is clearly in a position that the police are not happy about and seems to be walking as if drunk very slowly with his hands in his pockets, allbeit away from the police. I would question what had happened before this point, whether he had been abusive and refused to move away for the cordon and whether he actually was "just going home from work". He certainly walks off happy enough after being pushed to the ground, unlike he was doing so before the 'attack'.


I see your point and even if so; that's no reason for him to get killed?

My thought's and sympathy are with this man's family, I sincerely hope justice is done and the individual responsible is dealt with accordingly if guilty.
#22
ifti
this is sick, its just a average guy with his hands in his pockets, no mask no abuse at anyone, rather than push him away they hit his legs and smashed the batton in his back so hard he falls to the ground.
i think the top police people should be on trial and not just the officer who did it.
the instructions from the top were to be ruthless.
they will hang the officer out to dry to cover themselves.


A few comments...
He was pushed when he fell over, not hit so hard with a baton that he falls to the ground.
What instructions "from the top"?
#23
Nash
I see your point and even if so; that's no reason for him to get killed?

My thought's and sympathy are with this man's family, I sincerely hope justice is done and the individual responsible is dealt with accordingly if guilty.


Be clear; the police did not kill anybody, they pushed somebody which may or may not have resulted in death. If they are chasing a car criminal and the criminal crashes, would you make a similar claim? You might not have meant that the police killed him, but you're linking the two actions explictly there.

The second comment I agree with entirely, but I will hold off judgement until the IPCC has done their work.
#24
I too will not jump on the police are pigs etc bandwagon.

This video shows very little, the police here are trained to control the crowds, that generally is going to involve pushing people, whilst he may not have been protesting he also seen purposely making a nuisance of himself.

Not saying he should have died but it looks to be a freak occurrence.
#25
Theres another thing to take into account though with the way the demo was policed. (Attending a demo in a peaceful manner is still technically allowable in the UK). Say for instance people who attended the demo who were on prescribed medicines. They were boxed in and not allowed to leave the demo. If somebody on medicines did not bring them with them that could have led to problems. Who are the 'brains' behind the policing decisions. I truely believe that the vast majority of police officers do the job for the right reasons. They must now individually be allowed to give a true account of events. If there are bad apples to be dealt with so be it.
#26
Do you honestly think that in other countries he would have been asked two or three times to move from the scene as was apparent here? There were officers surrounding him blocking off his route forward. He had obviously been asked to move on and was doing so at a snails pace being a deliberate nuisance. In another country he would have had a bat round his legs after the first time of asking.

It is tragic the man died but it is debateable if it was caused by anything the police did

Police brutality? dont make me laugh!! In my opinion the police are not brutal enough in this country, they do a damn hard job with limited support from the public, the same publc who think they can get away anything because the police are bound by such lame rules of engagement meaning they cant touch anybody without having to submit a thesis afterwards.

I am bound to get a barrage of abuse but I can see no wrong in the police cracking a few heads of individuals where necessary. You only have to see the endless shows on TV showing the amount of abuse the police get in this country and I for one have the utmost respect for anybody wishing to do such a job in this day in age.
1 Like #27
it isnt acceptable for any individual in society to attack another, whether they wear a badge or not. To cause someone's death by attacking them is a terrible crime of morality not to mention criminality.

Our police force are entrusted with our safety our protection our service.

Did they protect this man?
Did they serve this man?
Did they keep him safe?

There are many instances where social control such as the overwhelming presence of armed police during demonstrations, picketing, gathering of people for festivals etc, results in CAUSING social unrest. The fact that someone's job is to protect us... means that it is all the more important for them to.. FIRST DO NO HARM, whether they are entrusted to protect our person, our lives, our children or our homes, busineses and our futures.
#28
Kick ass!
1 Like #29
ClarityofMind
it isnt acceptable for any individual in society to attack another, whether they wear a badge or not. To cause someone's death by attacking them is a terrible crime of morality not to mention criminality.

Our police force are entrusted with our safety our protection our service.

Did they protect this man?
Did they serve this man?
Did they keep him safe?

There are many instances where social control such as the overwhelming presence of armed police during demonstrations, picketing, gathering of people for festivals etc, results in CAUSING social unrest. The fact that someone's job is to protect us... means that it is all the more important for them to.. FIRST DO NO HARM, whether they are entrusted to protect our person, our lives, our children or our homes, businesses and our futures.


I agree.
It is the most fundamental tenet of a civilised and enlightened society that their citizens should not be subjugated nor brutalised by the state.
I fear that the metropiltan police started to lose sight of that during the miners' stike a long time ago.
#30
chesso
I agree.
It is the most fundamental tenet of a civilised and enlightened society that their citizens should not be subjugated nor brutalised by the state.
I fear that the metropiltan police started to lose sight of that during the miners' stike a long time ago.


I remember being a very young girl and watching Arthur Scargill and the miner's strikes on tv. All those poor people losing their work, their lives, their livelihoods and even their families. I was young enough to be puzzled at the time as to why his hair was like that! But I still understood the issues going on. The police haven't become better with age though they are perhaps fighting an ever increasing war against crimes they aren't suited to tackle. At least we aren't at the point where our police commonly wield weaponry similar to what I see in the states, but its becoming more and more like a right wing fascist organisation than a british police force that we can be proud of.
#31
A lot of the police are just bullies on a power trip.
I'm glad this got caught on camera as Ive heard so many horror stories & I'm sick of them being able to do what they like & getting away with it.
We all know a lot of them do a good job but at the end of the day we should all have to stick the same rules.
#32
ClarityofMind
I remember being a very young girl and watching Arthur Scargill and the miner's strikes on tv. All those poor people losing their work, their lives, their livelihoods and even their families. I was young enough to be puzzled at the time as to why his hair was like that! But I still understood the issues going on. The police haven't become better with age though they are perhaps fighting an ever increasing war against crimes they aren't suited to tackle. At least we aren't at the point where our police commonly wield weaponry similar to what I see in the states, but its becoming more and more like a right wing fascist organisation than a british police force that we can be proud of.


Again, I agree and I remember it very well indeed. In 1984 we were in Yorkshire and had two young children. A very dark hour for an egalitarian society and the death knell for union influence. We left for Italy shortly afterwards!
#33
That is disgraceful - that officer should be sacked straight away as this is only going to be unfair bad press for the police
banned#34
hurrah and another hate the police thread.... mmmm just checks to see who has jumped on the bandwaggon, and added the usual comments. ah yes the usual faces ..:roll:
#35
dog_cop
hurrah and another hate the police thread.... mmmm just checks to see who has jumped on the bandwaggon, and added the usual comments. ah yes the usual faces ..:roll:


Thing is from that video that guy looks innocent e.g not spoken etc or done anything but i think its obvious hes been told to move on and has become sarcastic and taking the mick e.g his hands in his pockets - hes obviously been pre warned all the officer done has pushed him away and due to having his hands in his pockets his just fallen - its sad hes died but theres always 2 sides to every story
#36
dog_cop
hurrah and another hate the police thread.... mmmm just checks to see who has jumped on the bandwaggon, and added the usual comments. ah yes the usual faces ..:roll:


Fascist governments forbid and suppress all criticism and opposition to the government and the fascist movement -Wikipaedia

Criticism is needed where and when it is appropriate to protect the vulnerable within society.

A man walking home from work killed by a pack of rabid dogs would be a tragedy and we would all call for the destruction of those dogs and for the owners to be punished if this was applicable.

If a man walking home from a hard days work is murdered by a group of weapon weilding policemen in armour this should outrage you internally and distress you that a human being lost his life in this manner. It should cause you to feel sympathy for the poor mans family who now have to live without their husband/father/son. It should cause you to feel sympathy, distress and anger. It should NOT cause you to feel offence because the police have been criticised for causing this man's death.
#37
ClarityofMind
Fascist governments forbid and suppress all criticism and opposition to the government and the fascist movement -Wikipaedia

Criticism is needed where and when it is appropriate to protect the vulnerable within society.

A man walking home from work killed by a pack of rabid dogs would be a tragedy and we would all call for the destruction of those dogs and for the owners to be punished if this was applicable.

If a man walking home from a hard days work is murdered by a group of weapon weilding policemen in armour this should outrage you internally and distress you that a human being lost his life in this manner. It should cause you to feel sympathy for the poor mans family who now have to live without their husband/father/son. It should cause you to feel sympathy, distress and anger. It should NOT cause you to feel offence because the police have been criticised for causing this man's death.


Murder? Do you not understand that word?

Why not stop making assumptions about what you see to make it a "best case" for your scenario and wait for the IPCC's investigation to get a more rounded view beyond a video which clearly brings up massive issues for both parties.
#38
pghstochaj
Murder? Do you not understand that word?

Why not stop making assumptions about what you see to make it a "best case" for your scenario and wait for the IPCC's investigation to get a more rounded view beyond a video which clearly brings up massive issues for both parties.


I understand murder to mean the unlawful killing of human being by another.

Would you like to clarify that in some other way?

Certainly whenever an incident of any sort takes place lets have an INDEPENDENT investigation, ALL the evidence amassed efficiently and without bias, taken into account objectively, and guilt or not decided by a court within the country where the crime was committed.

The IPCC is restrained and restricted. "The IPCC can only deal with complaints about the behaviour of police officers and staff...We are not responsible for complaints or queries about the police that relate to operational decisions, police policies and procedures or other service issues. These complaints are dealt with under a separate system," -IPCC website
#39
ClarityofMind
.

If a man walking home from a hard days work is murdered by a group of weapon weilding policemen in armour this should outrage you internally and distress you that a human being lost his life in this manner. It should cause you to feel sympathy for the poor mans family who now have to live without their husband/father/son. It should cause you to feel sympathy, distress and anger. It should NOT cause you to feel offence because the police have been criticised for causing this man's death.

He wasnt murdered - he was injured but died from the injuries - murder is stabbing/shooting/beating someone to death

You say the police in a collective term - how many police attacked him - i only saw one - so you cant persecute a whole organisation for the actions of one man
#40
myaser88
they also assaulted numerous innocents during the Gaza parades. That time the protestors were made out to be thugs, despite clear footage showing police brutality.

welcome to 21st century britain, hail the gestapo


the gestapo?!
LOL. Taking it a bit far. Go to some eastern european countries and you'll see 'real' policing...

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