Lib Dems demand criminal inquiry into Tomlinson death

The BBC reports:

The Liberal Democrats are demanding a criminal inquiry after video footage of the G20 protest showed a police officer pushing over a man who later died.

Newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson, 47, who was walking home from work, suffered a heart attack afterwards outside the Bank of England in central London.

Lib Dem justice spokesman David Howarth said the footage showed a “sickening and unprovoked attack” by police.

The IPCC is investigating and said it would examine the footage.

Here’s Lib Dem shadow justice secretary David Howarth’s statement on the Guardian video showing a policeman attacking Mr Tomlinson shortly before he died:

This video clearly shows an unprovoked attack by a police officer on a passer by. It is sickening. There must be a full-scale criminal investigation. The officer concerned and the other officers shown in the video must immediately come forward. Questions must also be asked about the hyping up of the prospect of violence in the run up to the demonstrations. An atmosphere was created in which this sort of conduct became more likely.”

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  • Hi, my email has gone down otherwise would have contacted LDV editors direct, planning on launching a fully organise campaign to stop disproportionate force and violence being used by police against peaceful protestors and bystanders.

    If you are interested email me on

    [email protected]

    Andy May

  • p.s news an updates as I get it from human rights organisations, MP’s and the campaign group which is forming will be posted to my group

    Please, please, please link this group yours blogs, will be setting up a website and press distribution list shortly.

  • Hi Chris please note the campaign I have set up is for people of all political persuasions who want to stop disproportionate violence by police against peaceful protest.

  • Julian,

    What BoJo has “done wrong” is in sending his Deputy Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) Kit Malthouse to meet the IPCC to discuss an inquiry.

    It should be Boris as Chair of the MPA who is at this meeting. Boris should be demanding some action from the Met’s Commissioner too. If it means Boris missing the deadline for his £250K per year Telegraph column then so be it.

  • I do not see that Boris has to go himself.

    If a deputy can get the job done, why not?

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