[Marxism] G20 death "unproked attack by police"

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 17:34:00 MDT 2009

G20 death 'an unprovoked attack by a police officer'

   - April 8, 2009 - 8:00AM

A video published on a newspaper website shows police apparently shoving to
the ground a man who died minutes later during anti-capitalist
demonstrations in London on the eve of the G20 summit.

Ian Tomlinson, 47, a newspaper seller, collapsed and died from a heart
attack soon after the incident in a street by the Bank of England shown in
the footage on the Guardian website.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating
Tomlinson's death, said it was seeking to obtain its own copy of the video.

Witnesses had told the police watchdog that Tomlinson did have contact with
officers before he died, but until now this had not been shown in photos and
CCTV pictures obtained of the man making his way home through the protests.

The opposition Liberal Democrats said the incident shown on the video was
"sickening" and called for a full criminal investigation.

"This video clearly shows an unprovoked attack by a police officer on a
passer-by," said the party's justice spokesman David Howarth.

"The officer concerned and the other officers shown in the video must
immediately come forward."

The video, filmed by a New York fund manager who was in London on business,
shows Tomlinson walking alone with his hands in his pockets in front of a
line of police officers, some with dogs and others equipped with riot
helmets, shields and batons.

One officer appears to lunge at Tomlinson from behind, pushing him with
enough force to send him sprawling on the ground. Tomlinson is then shown
sitting up and apparently remonstrating with the officers, before bystanders
help him up.

He is then seen walking away past a line of dog handlers.

Minutes later he collapsed in a nearby road, Cornhill.

Police attempted to resuscitate him before he was taken by ambulance to
hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Tomlinson had not been involved in the protests by some 4000 people the day
before world leaders gathered for a summit to tackle the global economic

The demonstrations by anti-capitalists, anarchists and environmentalists led
to increasingly violent confrontations that saw riot police baton-charging
bottle-throwing protesters.

Scotland Yard said it could not comment on the video as the matter was being
investigated by the IPCC.


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