By Pits’n’Pots Reporter.
Ian Tomlinson, the man who died at last week’s G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton-wielding police officer in riot gear, dramatic footage obtained by the Ã‚Guardian shows.
Moments after the assault on Ã‚Tomlinson was captured on video, he Ã‚suffered a heart attack and died.
The submission to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) includes a collection of testimonies from witnesses, along with the footage, shot at about 7.20pm last Wednesday, which shows Ã‚Tomlinson at Royal Exchange Ã‚Passage. The film reveals that as he walks, with his hands in his pockets, he does not speak to the police or offer any resistance.
A phalanx of officers, some with dogs and some in riot gear, are close behind him and try to urge him forward.
A Metropolitan police officer appears to strike him with a baton, hitting him from behind on his upper thigh.
Moments later, the same policeman rushes forward and, using both hands, pushes Tomlinson in the back and sends him flying to the ground, where he Ã‚remonstrates with police who stand back, leaving bystanders to help him to his feet.
The man who shot the footage, a fund manager from New York who was in London on business, said he had attended the protests out of curiosity. He said: “The primary reason for me coming forward is that it was clear the family were not Ã‚getting any answers.”
One witness, Anna Branthwaite, a Ã‚photographer, described how in the Ã‚minutes before the video was shot, she saw Tomlinson walking towards Cornhill Street.
“A riot police officer had already grabbed him and was pushing him,” she said. “It wasn’t just pushing him ““ he’d rushed him. He went to the floor and he did actually roll. That was quite noticeable.
“It was the force of the impact. He bounced on the floor. It was a very forceful knocking down from behind. The officer hit him twice with a baton when he was lying on the floor.
“So it wasn’t just that the officer had pushed him ““ it became an assault. And then the officer picked him up from the back, continued to walk or charge with him, and threw him.
“He was running and stumbling. He didn’t turn and confront the officer or anything like that.”
The witness accounts contradict the official version of events given by police.
In an official statement on the night of Tomlinson’s death, the Metropolitan police made no reference to any Ã‚contact with officers and described attempts by police medics and an ambulance crew to save his life after he collapsed ““ efforts which they said were marred by Ã‚protesters throwing missiles as first aid was administered .
The force said officers had created a Ã‚cordon around Tomlinson to give him CPR.
Yesterday, the IPCC began managing an investigation by City of London police into the Ã‚circumstances of Ã‚Tomlinson’s death after the Guardian Ã‚published photographs of him on the ground and witness statements indicated he had been assaulted by police officers.
Watch the Gaurdian video here:
The Liberal Democrats are now demanding a criminal inquiry.
The party’s justice spokesman, David Howarth, said the footage showed a “sickening and unprovoked attack” by police.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said an independent police inquiry needed to be completed as soon as possible.
Pits’n’Pots commends the work of the Guardian newspaper in uncovering this video footage. This man was clearly walking away with his back to the police. The family of Mr Tomlinson deserve justice.
This must not be allowed to turn into a police cover up.
Over to you………
Source: The Guardian.