No Charges in Death of 2009 G20 Protester

July 22, 2010

An injured protester with police medics at the G20 Meltdown protest in London on 1 April 2009; photo credit: Kashfi Halford

UK (ChattahBox) – A police officer who is accused of pushing Ian Tomlinson during a G20 protest just before he died will not face charges, the BBC reports.

Three post-mortem examinations were conducted on Tomlinson; the first claimed he died of natural causes, related to coronary disease, the second claimed he died of internal bleeding due to blunt force trauma, and the third agreed with the second report.

Despite two exams pointing to physical force being the cause of death, alleged discrepancies between the reports have made it impossible to say for sure how the man died.

However, the entire thing seems suspicious. A video shows Tomlinson being hit with a baton by an officer, the pushed hard to the ground. The man gets up and stumbles away, clearly affected by the blows. He was found a short distance away, having collapsed.

“It’s taken 16 months to get a no-charge against this officer. The CPS are clearly admitting the police officer assaulted our dad,” Paul King, the victim’s son, said.

“Why isn’t there an assault charge? We feel very let down, very disappointed. We expected a charge. It clearly shows our dad being assaulted by a police officer.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said that further inquests will likely be made.

“There will, of course, be an inquest where the facts will be heard publicly. This is important for the family of Ian Tomlinson as well as Met officers and Londoners. We now await the IPCC’s investigation report before being able to carefully consider appropriate misconduct proceedings.”


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