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#Ian Tomlinson

# ian-tomlinson - Monday 5 August, 2013

British police make settlement over Ian Tomlinson death at G20 protests G20

British police make settlement over Ian Tomlinson death at G20 protests

Ian Tomlinson, 47, was hit with a baton and shoved by a riot policeman and later collapsed and died at the G20 protests in London in 2009.

# ian-tomlinson - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Police officer who hit man at G20 protests to face manslaughter trial UK

Police officer who hit man at G20 protests to face manslaughter trial

Ian Tomlinson, a London newspaper vendor, died after being hit and shoved by police using “excessive and unreasonable” force as he tried to make his way home from work during the G20 protests in 2009.

# ian-tomlinson - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

Inquest finds Ian Tomlinson was unlawfully killed at G20 protests UK

Inquest finds Ian Tomlinson was unlawfully killed at G20 protests

The police officer who struck and pushed 47-year-old newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson during London’s G20 protests in 2009 could face manslaughter charges after a inquest found Tomlinson had died of internal bleeding.

# ian-tomlinson - Friday 13 August, 2010

FOUR RIOT police in the UK have been charged with beating of a man who they were arresting on terrorism charges n 2003.

36-year-old Babar Ahmad was arrested in his home in southwest London in December 2003 and is now facing extradition to the United States on terrorism charges.

During the raid, Ahmad was allegedly beaten, choked and subjected to religious verbal abuse – during which officers allegedly forced him into a praying position and shouted; “Where is your God now? Pray to him!”.

He was released six days later.

The charges

“Mr Ahmad suffered a number of injuries during that arrest, including heavy bruising to the head, neck, wrists and feet,” said Simon Clements, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crime Division.

“Our conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge four of the officers involved in the arrest of Mr Ahmad with causing actual bodily harm to him.”

It has been reported that before the raid, the police were informed that Ahmad was believed to be be connected to al Qaeda and was the head of a south London terrorist group.

Police Constables Nigel Cowley, John Donohue, Roderick James-Bowen and Mark Jones from the Met’s Territorial Support Group will appear before magistrates on September 22.

“I am pleased that the CPS has decided that a jury will hear the evidence in this case and it will now be for the jury to determine whether any police officer should be punished for the assault upon me in December 2003,” Ahmad said in a statement.

Extradition to the USA

Although he has never been charged with any crime, Admad was re-arrested in 2004 in connection with another terrorism charge – for allegedly soliciting funds for rebels in Chechnya and Afghanistan on the internet during the 1990s.

He has spent the past six years in custody, waiting to hear a ruling on is High Court appeal regarding whether his extradition to the United States would contravene the European Convention on Human Rights.

Admad has already been granted £60,000 in compensation from the Metropolitan police in 2009, after police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson admitted that he had been the victim of a “prolonged attack”.

Criticisms of the Territorial Support Group

The Metropolitan police’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) has recently come under pressure to show that it hold officers accountable for their conduct when interacting with the public.

The public were outraged following a ruling concerning the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests.

Video footage showed Tomlinson being violently pushed by a police officer, in an unprovoked attack, as he walked home from work through the protests. Tomlinson later died of injuries suspected to have been caused by the incident.

The public were outraged that a police inquest concluded that the officer in question could not be charged with manslaughter.

# ian-tomlinson - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

THE POLICE OFFICER involved in Ian Tomlinson’s death during the G20 protests in London last year could face charges of gross misconduct. The Met commissioner said the officer in question would face a disciplinary hearing after the force had received an incident report into the event.

Tomlinson’s family have called for the officer to face his disciplinary hearing in public.

Last week, the director of the Crown Prosecution Service, Keir Starmer, said that conflicting medical evidence prevented his office from taking proceedings for Tomlinson’s death. Tomlinson’s family reacted angrily to the news, and said they would not “give up on justice.”

His widow, Julia Tomlinson said: “We don’t see how Ian can die moments after being assaulted by the police officer and he isn’t made to face a jury.”

The Guardian posted this footage of Tomlinson being knocked to the ground by a Scotland Yard riot officer:

Tomlinson died on a street in London minutes after being knocked to the ground by the officer. Keir Starmer said that he had not posed a threat to any officer when he was struck down.

# ian-tomlinson - Thursday 22 July, 2010

UK RIOT POLICE who knocked Ian Tomlison to the ground minutes before his death will not face charges. The director of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Keir Starmer, said there was no realistic prospect of a conviction for Mr Tomlinson’s death.

A Scotland Yard riot officer was filmed pushing Mr Tomlinson, 47, to the ground as he walked past during the G20 protests in London in 2009.

The Guardian found this footage of the incident:

Mr Starmer said today that there was sufficient evidence to “provide a realistic prospect of proving the actions of the officer constituted assault”.

“At the time of those acts, Mr Tomlinson did not pose a threat to that officer or to any other police officer,” he said.

On the back of this, the most serious charge considered by the CPS was “unlawful act manslaughter”, which would require the prosecution to prove a causal link between the officer’s action and Mr Tomlinson’s death.

However, Mr Starmer said there was fundamental disagreement between medical experts concerning the cause of death.