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Riot cop who shoved Ian Tomlinson found not guilty

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2312

Police officer Simon Harwood walked free from court today, Thursday, acquitted of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson.

Ian died during the G20 protests on 1 April 2009 after Harwood hit him on the back of the leg with a baton and shoved him from behind.

But the jury cleared Harwood after he denied that his actions amounted to an assault, saying it was a reasonable use of force.

The footage of Ian Tomlinson being shoved by Harwood and falling forward is now symbolic of the violence of the police.

Images of protesters bleeding from the head as police attacked the demonstration that day were beamed across the world.

Harwood is a member of the Territorial Support Group (TSG)—the Met’s notorious riot squad. Before the protests Met chiefs claimed they were “up to it and up for it”.

Why is it that not a single police officer has been convicted since 1969 for the thousands of deaths at their hands?

Whether it is at a protest, arrested and “restrained” or mentally ill, ordinary people are not safe at the hands of the police.

And the so-called Independent Police Complaints Commission repeats the cops’ lies to families, stalls investigations and aids the cover-ups.

There will be no peace under a state that kills its citizens on the streets and in police cells.

Protest to demand justice for Ian Tomlinson tonight (Thursday) 6pm, Scotland Yard, 8-10 Broadway, London SW1H 0BG

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Thu 19 Jul 2012, 14:44 BST
Issue No. 2312
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