Wednesday, April 8, 2009
London G20 death: video of police pushing Ian Tomlinson
The big news in Britain and that I've been following since it was first reported is about the news that a man on his way home from work collapsed and died of a heart attack at the G20 protests in London last week. The intial report was that the man, Ian Tomlinson, collapsed and died but further details kept coming to light about an alleged assault by the police. Police watchdog IPCC announces plan to investigate death of Ian Tomlinson at London G20 protest Full statement from the Independent Police Complaints Commission on the investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protest in London last week. The IPCC today decided to take over the investigation after the Guardian published a video showing a police officer hitting Tomlinson. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to independently investigate the alleged assault by police on Ian Tomlinson shortly before his death. The investigation will also look into whether that contact might have contributed to his death. (link via guardian.co.uk) Video of police assaulting Ian Tomlinson, shortly before he was found dead at G20 protests in London It seems like the more details we hear (and see via video) about this incident the more it appears to be an unprovoked attack by the police. It's also interesting that with all the CCTV cameras in London and police probably filming everyone at the protests that day, that the video showing the assault was taken by an American in London on business. What are your thoughts about this incident?