Justice for Ian Tomlinson
The Director of Public Prosecutions
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The demonstrations against the G20 brought together people from all walks of life who simply wanted to show their opposition to the trend towards profit at any costs, riches for the few at the expense of the many. During most of the day those protests were good natured and friendly.
As the day wore on into evening however, the mood changed. The police began donning riot gear, despite little in the way of trouble beyond the suspiciously public few who had openly begun smashing bank windows, seemingly for the sole benefit of the assembled press.
The police then proceeded to 'kettle' the remaining protesters, a practice of hemming people in without the means to leave, and without access to water or toilet facilities. It has been said that this is a deliberate means by which to provoke an angry response to which the police can then react, thereby justify the heavy police presence and 'robust' policing.
Ian Tomlinson was not part of the demonstration in any way, and was simply making his way home through the area. He was assaulted by a police officer who, in the following days refused to come forward and admit his part, until video evidence emerged giving the lie to his silent denial of involvement. Despite this it was a further three days before the officer finally made himself known to superiors.
It's interesting to note that he, in common with many of those policing the event, apparently were not wearing identifying insignia that day.
Mr Tomlinson died later that day.
Following his death there have been no less than three separate post mortems. The First, carried out by Home Office Pathologist Dr Freddie Patel, can be said to be unreliable even if only because of concerns that Mr Patel had blemished his own reputation: Following Mr Tomlinson's death Mr Patel was removed from the Home Office register of accredited forensic pathologists pending an inquiry, amid concern into whether he has breached regulations.
It also emerged that the Metropolitan police alerted the Home Office to concerns about Patel's performance in four suspicious death cases in 2004.
The second post mortem, carried out soon after the first at the behest of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, concluded that Mr Tomlinson died of internal bleeding, a verdict in keeping with the claim that his death was as a direct consequence of the assault on him.
The third was carried out on the orders of the legal team representing the officer seen in the video assaulting Mr Tomlinson.
Tellingly the results of this Post Mortem have not thus far been made public.
Today, 22nd July 2010, Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions has announced that no police officer will face any charges in connection with the Death of Ian Tomlinson, as he feels there is, ...no realistic prospect of a conviction.
Well Mr Starmer that is unacceptable.
In a free, democratic and open society no one should be above the law, and so we the people DEMAND that the officer concerned be brought before a Court
and his guilt or innocence established openly, honestly and lawfully before a jury of his peers.