Apology over man killed in G20 protest

2013-08-05 15:02
Family members of Ian Tomlinson, including his widow Julia, front second from left, and his sons Paul King, left, and Richard King, 3rd left. (File, AP)

Family members of Ian Tomlinson, including his widow Julia, front second from left, and his sons Paul King, left, and Richard King, 3rd left. (File, AP)

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London - British police on Monday apologised to relatives of a man who died after being pushed to the ground during protests against the G20 summit in London in 2009, and confirmed a settlement had been reached with his family.

Ian Tomlinson, aged 47, was hit with a baton and shoved by a riot policeman and later collapsed and died as thousands of protesters took to the streets.

His widow Julia Tomlinson said the apology and settlement - the amount of which has not been disclosed - was "as close as we are going to get to justice".

Tomlinson's fatal encounter with riot policeman Simon Harwood was filmed by a US hedge fund manager, who passed the footage to The Guardian newspaper.

It showed Tomlinson - who had a history of alcoholism and was estranged from his family - walking away from a group of police officers, and falling to the ground after he was hit and shoved by Harwood.

Harwood was sacked last year after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

Tomlinson's wife said the family had been put through unnecessary stress because the police failed to recognise immediately that they were at fault.

Uphill battle

She said: "We knew that Ian had been unlawfully killed by the officer as soon as we saw the video, but we had to first go through the long legal process of taking apart untruthful accounts given by PC Harwood and other police officers. We should not have had to do this.

"The last four years have been a really hard uphill battle. We have had to deal with many obstacles and setbacks."

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner of London's Metropolitan Police said she took "full responsibility" for Harwood's actions which "fell far below the standard we expect from our officers".

She said the police accepted the finding of an inquest that Tomlinson was unlawfully killed.

"As the jury found, at the time of the strike and push Mr Tomlinson was walking away from the police line... He posed no threat.

"I apologise unreservedly for Simon Harwood's use of excessive and unlawful force, which caused Mr Tomlinson's death, and for the suffering and distress caused to his family as a result."

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