Police change their tune on G20 CCTV coverage

Regarding the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, reading this:

Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, gives the first interview about the death of Ian Tomlinson to Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Hardwick said of the assault:

“We don’t have CCTV footage of the incident… there is no CCTV footage, there were no cameras in the location where he was assaulted.”

Speaking to More 4 News, the IPCC confirmed Hardwick’s comment, saying that the CCTV cameras overlooking the incident were not working.

reminds me of how, before the story of the police’s connect to Ian Tomlinson’s death came out, the police were talking about how good their CCTV coverage had been:

Commander Simon O’Brien, of the Met, said small pockets of criminals among the 4,000-strong crowd were to blame for the trouble yesterday…

“There were small groups charging forwards and backwards into police lines. It did seem to us, from CCTV and police on the scene, that they tried to find a way to ramp up the protest and hijack it into violence.”

O’Brien said police had collected footage from helitelly, the force’s nickname for CCTV from powerful helicopter cameras, adding that those identified should expect a “knock on the door”.

Ah well.

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12 Comments

  • Funny how all the CCTV footage ofen seems to go missing when the police are/might be at fault isn’t it? 🙁

  • “there were no cameras in the location where he was assaulted” – has Hardwick visited the site or is he just meekly accepting what the Police have told him?

  • LFAT – well, you would say that, wouldn’t you?

    Even if he did stand around drunk in front of a police van (and his family have admitted that he had alcohol problems) he does appear to have moved or been moved so that the van could proceed – and I don’t think anyone would argue particularly strongly about the police doing that, provided the force used was reasonable.

    What wasn’t acceptable was the apparent shove in the back when he was moving away from the police, nor was the alleged beating he received subsequently. That did not appear to be reasonable force.

  • Given the police warnings about potential disorder during the protests did they not undertake a review of all the CCTV systems to ensure they were all working in advance?

  • The goon who killed Ian Tomlinson should be convicted of manslaughter and sat on a slop bucket.

    What will actually happen is as follows:-

    (1) His idenity will be protected.

    (2) He will not be prosecuted.

    (3) He will get promotion.

    (4) He will be given a brand new apron and trowel.

  • Police mismanagement caused the incident
    Police not prepared to admit they were at fault
    Access to the scene restricted because of the police claim there was “fighting”
    CCTV footage unavailable
    Black propaganda unit engaged in supporting a cover up

    All that happened 20 years ago

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