Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Police Hit Man At G20, Shortly Before He Dies

Evidence has emerged that the police hit Ian Tomlinson at the G20, shortly before he died. You can see the video here.

It bears some resemblance to the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, particularly the misinformation in the media distracting from the events. The de Menezes family clearly agree.

I have written to my MP at and urge you to do the same.

Dear MP,

I am sure by now you will have seen the shocking video of a police officer attacking an innocent bystander – Ian Tomlinson – who happened to be walking past one of the many G20 demonstrations.

He suffered a baton attack from behind by a police officer and after striking his head on the floor he later died.

The police are unapologetic about his death, describing their actions as 'maintaining order' on Radio 4 today.

After seeing the video this seems hard to swallow. It makes it clear that he was not presenting a threat to anyone, nor was he in any way causing trouble. If this were a member of the public holding a baton, striking a man to the floor, who later died as a result, that person would promptly be put in jail. However, because the perpetrator is a police officer this apparently does not hold true.

The police officers involved and the way the matter has been handled so far have shown a disregard for the law and for common decency, which erodes the public's confidence in the police as a whole. The police conduct on Wednesday 1st April as a whole was disgraceful, and clearly showed an intention to crack down on legitimate protest and dissent.

Please – I urge you to raise this matter in the House of Commons and put pressure on the police to ensure that justice prevails.
Yours sincerely,
Adrian Windisch

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