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Call for answers after G20 death

Issue No. 2146

There are growing calls for a public inquiry into the police’s role in the death of 47 year old Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in the City of London on Wednesday of last week.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has stated that a police cordon had blocked Ian Tomlinson, who was not on the protest, from walking home.

Some witnesses have said that they saw an officer push and throw him to the ground, that he was struck with a police baton and that he hit his head on the pavement.

He later collapsed and died of a heart attack.

Deborah Glass, the IPCC commissioner for London, 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.”

There has been widespread condemnation of the police’s tactics at the G20 demonstrations.

See also » G20 policing: Intimidation is their intention


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Tue 7 Apr 2009, 19:04 BST
Issue No. 2146
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