Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ian Tomlinson's Family storm out of court as policeman accused of killing him at G20 protests said he could have used firearms to control him

The family of a newspaper vendor killed during the G20 protests stormed out of Southwark Crown Court today when the policeman accused of his manslaughter said he could have been shot for obstructing police.

PC Simon Harwood, 45, struck Ian Tomlinson, 47 with a baton and pushed him to the floor, as he tried to find a path through police lines following protests in London on April 1 2009.

Mr Tomlinson, who had not been a part of the protests and was just on his way home from work, collapsed and died just minutes later from massive internal bleeding caused by the incident.

PC Harwood, who is on trial for manslaughter, has admitted in court he was 'wrong' to push and hit Mr Tomlinson, but angered the newspaper seller's relatives today when he admitted he could have resorted to more extreme measures. Read More