Witness Says Tomlinson Did Not Antagonize G20 Police
An eye witness called before the recommenced inquest in to the death of Ian Tomlinson said that the newspaper vendor did nothing to antagonize the police.
Christopher La Jaunie, who shot the infamous film that showed PC Simon Harwood push Tomlinson violently to the ground during the 2009 G20 protest, said he began filming when police brought out the dogs.
“Once the police had brought the dogs out there was certainly more an air of fear and people started to back away from that line. A few people dared to go close and I saw Mr Tomlinson just sort of wandering very close to that line. He was obviously trying to get through. That’s what caught my attention.”
“He was not confrontational at all, he had his hands in his pockets, it was clear now he wasn’t going to get through so he turned his back to walk away. Once his back was turned, I mean a push is a very polite term. He was rather violently shoved. His hands were in his pockets so when he flew forward he was unable to break his fall.”
Although it wasn’t quite captured on film, La Jaunie said Tomlinson’s head hit the floor.
He also noted that PC Simon Harwood did not display his badge number.
The official cause of Tomlinson’s death was a heart attack brought on by coronary artery disease, although the doctor responsible for the post mortem has been disgraced by the GMC, who recently ruled that he displayed “deficient professional performance” in regard to prostitute murder victim Sally White, who he again said “died of a heart attack” during consensual sex, throwing investigators off the the trail off Camden Ripper Anthony Hardy.
No charges have been brought against PC Harwood, who faced two misconduct hearings in the prior to the Tomlinson incident.
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