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The officer captured on video pushing a man during the G20 protests in London has been suspended, police have said.
Ian Tomlinson, 47, died from a heart attack minutes after the incident on 1 April.
The Metropolitan Police suspended the officer after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) called for the penalty.
The IPCC has launched a criminal investigation into the newspaper seller's death.
Footage from Channel 4 appeared to show him being hit with a baton.
A statement from the IPCC said: "The IPCC called for the officer to be suspended. The MPS has now informed us that the officer has suspended with immediate effect.
ote that the “violent outburst” (Telegraph) of window-breaking took place hours after the police had decided to “herd the crowd” of at least 5,000 people “into a pen” without access to food, water or toilet facilities - and without allowing them to leave.
The press was surely aware of this. The Guardian’s live blog from the day noted at 11.57 a.m. that “the barriers designed to fence in the protesters are not big enough”, an hour later it confirms that there is “a ‘kettle’ at the Bank of England”: half an hour later they report “clashes” and finally, at 1.30 p.m., “a window has been smashed.” An objective observer of the sequence of events here might ask whether the police ‘kettle’ had in fact been responsible for the “clashes”, “violence” and smashed window.
But this idea - that the kettle might have provoked the “clashes”, and that the police might therefore be responsible for the “violence” - is remarkably absent from virtually all of the reams of press coverage of the protests. We do, of course, have a spectrum of opinion: whereas the right-wing Daily Mail sees the protestors as “a fearsome group of thugs”, a “bizarre group of misfits” fuelled by “Dutch courage” and a “willingness to use violence” (April 1), for the left-wing Guardian only “a minority of demonstrators seemed determined to cause damage” whilst “much of the protesting” was “peaceful” (April 1).
Originally posted by RE2505
reply to post by Reading
What were you wearing? I have about 40 minutes of footage from the area.
I'm glad to see more evidence come out. There were a massive amount of people taking pictures so I expect there is more to come.
Originally posted by TrentReznor
and to whoever called me a moron, I'm giving you an angle on the story and being objective, you don't agree with it, thats fine, I may be totally wrong, but we need to look at it from all angles and possabilities, Dosent matter if I'm mistaken, in order to discuss it fully you need to take into account of all the possibilities like I do.
Originally posted by Drexl
Why would they need to move him along . Seems they about pushed him at around the spot they were planning to form a line anyway, so I see it as an act of pure vindictiveness . That cop thought .. this is the last chance I'll get to do this guy as we are about to stop around here , and did what he did before the poor guy got out of reach .
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by mr-lizard
The same that is happening to this Policeman now. He is subject to a criminal investigation, pending autopsy and witness reports. Then the file is passed to the CPS, who will decide if sufficient evidence exists for a convistion. Then he will be put on trial.
I see no difference between what is happenning now and what you'd expect to happen to you.