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Fremen Bryan
post Apr 7 2009, 05:35 PM
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Video reveals G20 police assault on man who died

Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian shows Ian Tomlinson, who died during G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind by baton–wielding police officer


Link to this video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/07/video-g20-police-assault

Link to all articles on this subject:-

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/g20-police-as...t-ian-tomlinson

The Guardian obtained this footage of Ian Tomlinson at a G20 protest in London, shortly before he died. It shows Tomlinson, who was not part of the demonstration, being assaulted from behind and pushed to the ground by baton-wielding police 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 baton–wielding 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."


Full investigation in tomorrow's Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/07/v...-police-assault


De Menezes taught the Met nothing

Footage of a police assault on Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demo – moments before he died – suggests their tactics are dangerously wrong


http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/li...l-liberties-g20
-police-assault-ian-tomlinson


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post Apr 8 2009, 05:09 AM
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Full Coverage of G20 Police Assault

Above link probably contains certain links already posted above, but some have been added since.

I hope the police doesn't get away with this. Just shows the need for protests to be filmed.

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post Apr 8 2009, 02:50 PM
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QUOTE (Rain @ Apr 8 2009, 06:09 AM) *
Full Coverage of G20 Police Assault

Above link probably contains certain links already posted above, but some have been added since.

I hope the police doesn't get away with this. Just shows the need for protests to be filmed.


There need to be more groups of people like California based 'Cop Watch', and motorists should have either hidden sunvisor/dashboard mounted videocameras (with sound recording) or simply carry camcorders in their cars and start filming as soon as you realize you are being pulled over (the hidden ones are better because police act completely different when they know they are being filmed/watched), and people who travel abroad should do the same (as travelers are often treated very unfairly). If you have a camera and see somebody else being detained on the street it cant hurt to start filming that either, because you never know when or where these criminal-gangs of armed thugs posing as keepers of the peace may strike next.

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post Apr 10 2009, 09:44 AM
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oh, that's great, so they killed another person (senseless brutality) why?. .cops are so wonderful to beat and murder people, has this world gone insane? Its certainly become more violent. I have never seen anything like it, its reached biblical proportions although it was all predicted in revelation and these times must come, I've never seen anything like what it is today though, its scary (not to metnion, sad)
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post Apr 10 2009, 11:31 PM
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It is not known yet whether there is a link between the fact Tomlinson was pushed by an officer (riot police) and his heart attack a few minutes after that.

The outrage expressed by the public comes from several factors:

- He was not part of the protest and was trying to get home. If you watch the video, you see a man walking in front of the police, hands in pocket. He is then pushed twice by an officer, totally unprovoked.

- The police first said they had had no contact with him, and were later stopped from helping him because protesters were throwing bottles at them. In the video, all the help and comfort the man got was from a protester.

- Is is thought, (just thought, that the officer who pushed him had removed his ID number and covered his face prior to attacking Tomlinson.


The officer has been suspended, but not arrested. A second post mortem, requested by Tomlinson's family, has been carried out.



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Battered and bruised,
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relentlessly.
Killing? Not their aim.
Keeping us in an unimportant place is what this is about.
Ah baby, who do they think we are.
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post Apr 17 2009, 09:06 PM
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Reversal of post-mortem results piles pressure on the Met


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Fremen Bryan
post Apr 20 2009, 09:38 AM
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QUOTE (Rain @ Apr 17 2009, 09:06 PM) *


Its very obvious that the man died as a result of being abused by the police, why else would he sustain internal bleeding immediately after the incident?/! That type of a thing does not occur 'randomly' as I am sure hte police want people ot be stupid enough to believe.


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post Apr 20 2009, 09:40 AM
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Caught on video... another G20 policeman lashes out at protester

By Daniel Boffey and Christopher Leake
Last updated at 3:57 PM on 19th April 2009



  • Watchdog probes third alleged attack

  • Disturbing new film piles more pressure on Met
Disturbing new pictures last night raised further questions over the police’s ‘disproportionate’ handling of the G20 protests in London.

Film released by the environmental campaign group Climate Camp shows an officer apparently punching a protester in the face. The victim’s head rocks back and another officer appears to try to restrain his colleague by pulling him back.

In another development, a separate claim by 23-year-old Alex Kinnane that officers hit him on the head with a shield and pushed him to the ground became the third G20 incident to be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In the first, a policeman has been interviewed under caution on suspicion of manslaughter after a second post-mortem examination revised the cause of death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson.

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Thump: A Met police officer punches a G20 protester in the face, prompting the man to reel back



In yet another G20 incident, 23-year-old Alex Kinnane is hit by a police riot shield

Mr Tomlinson, 47, from East London, was struck and pushed over by a policeman during protests on April 1 and died of abdominal bleeding, not a heart attack as first thought.

The IPCC is also investigating claims by unemployed former drug addict Nicola Fisher, 35, from Brighton, that she was hit in the face by a police sergeant and then hit on her legs with his metal baton.

The latest film was given to Climate Camp, which organised demonstrations outside the European Climate Exchange building on Bishopsgate in the City of London, by documentary maker James Bayliss-Smith.


The footage appears to show a policeman punching an unidentified protester in the face with his right hand as he holds his shield in his left hand.


He is wearing full riot gear and seems to be part of a line of police attempting to move protesters on from Bishopsgate at 12.52am on April 2.



Ian Tomlinson reacts after being pushed to the ground by the officer circled. He died of abdominal bleeding a short time later

The attacked man does not appear to be armed or to be threatening police officers. It is not known whether the man has made a formal complaint.


Mr Bayliss-Smith, 29, from Cambridge, said: ‘I was at a vantage point above the incident. It is disgusting what was happening out there.


‘That part of the protest was entirely peaceful. Then the officers decided to clear the streets, caused chaos and one appeared to punch a protester. It cannot be acceptable for this to happen.’

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘The Met’s investigation team is assessing the material. If necessary we will refer it to the IPCC.’



This Metropolitan police officer was suspended after beating a female protester with his baton

The Yard also confirmed that the incident involving the 23-year-old man had been referred to the IPCC.


The IPCC said in a statement: ‘The IPCC has received over 185 complaints relating to G20. Just under 90 complaints are about the use of force by police officers during the protests.’

And in another development last night, it was revealed that City of London coroner Paul Matthews denied the IPCC permission to attend the first post mortem on Mr Tomlinson.

IPCC chiefs were said to be ‘furious’ at the ban. The examination concluded Mr Tomlinson died of a heart attack, which has now been contradicted by the second post-mortem, to which IPCC officials were given access.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Chris Huhne said last night: ‘The case for a full independent inquiry into the policing of protests is now compelling. It looks more and more as if there was a cover-up by people in the Metropolitan Police about the circumstances of Ian Tomlinson’s death.’

Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesman David Howarth, who was at the G20 protests as a parliamentary observer, said the attack seen in the latest footage was ‘disproportionate’.

He said: ‘These shocking videos make it clear that the policing, even of peaceful protests, was disproportionate and heavy-handed.


‘The police’s reputation will not be enhanced by the footage of shields smashed in faces and haymaker punches. These are not the first examples of this sort of conduct that I have come across.’

Frances Wright, a lawyer acting for Climate Camp, said: ‘Press coverage and citizen footage of the G20 protests raise serious doubts about the lawfulness of the tactical decision-making by senior police officers and appear to provide solid evidence of a significant number of assaults by officers.’


Yard chief rebukes his top aides over hidden ID numbers
Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has given a ‘dressing down’ to two of his senior aides for failing to ensure officers obeyed his orders to wear identification numbers on the shoulders of their uniforms at all times.

Assistant Commissioners Rose Fitzpatrick and Chris Allison – who are responsible for 20,000 officers – were told to ‘get a grip’.


The row came after a PC was pictured at a protest outside Parliament on Wednesday with his number hidden. It followed footage of a Met sergeant accused of assaulting protester Nicola Fisher at the G20 demo who also failed to display his ID.


A senior source said last night: ‘The Commissioner hauled in the two senior officers and gave them a b********g. He hopes that now his orders will go straight down the line and be obeyed.’

See the video:


Key moment:


4mins 50seconds - an officer hits protestor Alex Kinnane across the head with his shield.


7mins 49seconds - an officer punches a protestor in the face

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1171818/
Caught-video--G20-policeman-lashes-protester.html?ITO=1490


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post Apr 23 2009, 08:20 AM
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How many people do the police kill each year? How many do they tazer? How many do they attack mercilessly and leave in wretched pain? How many people do they set up on false and planted evidence? How many criminals do they let go free? How many more . .

How corrupt is this world, how evil? How many more must die. .

Sickening ..


..anyway
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