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How the cops lied and lied about the death of Ian Tomlinson

Issue No. 2212

In the hours and days after Ian Tomlinson’s death the police told lie after lie in the press. Here are just a few of them.

Lie: Ian Tomlinson died from a heart attack

The first postmortem claimed that Ian had died from coronary artery disease—natural causes.

But the second postmortem found that he had in fact died of abdominal haemorrhage, consistent with being hit.

Lie: Ian Tomlinson had “no contact” with the police.

The police did everything they could to maintain this fiction until mobile phone video footage came out in the press, showing the moment Ian was hit.

Lie: Protesters stopped the police getting him medical help

The police accused protesters of blocking the route of an ambulance that was trying to get to Ian. But a video later showed that it was police who blocked it.

And, of course, he would never have needed it if not for the cops.

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