Simon Harwood trial: Pc’s ‘blood was up’ when he hit IanTomlinson at G20 protests | Mail Online

18 Jun

Simon Harwood trial: Pc’s ‘blood was up’ when he hit IanTomlinson at G20 protests | Mail Online.

From the article:

  • Newspaper seller collapsed and died in April 2009
  • Jurors told Tomlinson collapsed after ‘forceful baton strike’ from officer
  • Pc Harwood’s actions were described as ‘more akin to thuggish behaviour than proper reasonable policing’
  • Court heard Pc Harwood’s ‘blood was up’ minutes before incident
  • Pc Harwood had minutes before tried and failed to arrest a protester, leaving him ’embarrassed of not humiliated’
  • Police officer denies manslaughter

The police officer who struck Ian Tomlinson with a baton minutes before the newspaper vendor died did so when his ‘blood was up’ after being ‘humiliated’ by a protester who had escaped as he was trying to make an arrest, a court heard today.

 

The actions of Pc Simon Harwood, who is charged with manslaughter, were described by the prosecution today as being ‘more akin to thuggish behaviour than proper reasonable policing’.


The jury was told that he allegedly sent the homeless newspaper seller flying with a ‘forceful baton strike’ and a ‘powerful push’ as he stood with his back to police and his hands in his pockets during the G20 protests.

Pc Harwood, 41, had been ’embarrassed if not humiliated’ after trying to arrest a G20 protester who was daubing graffiti on a police van, only for the vandal to wriggle free, to the cheers of a watching crowd.


After being struck, 47-year-old father-of-nine Mr Tomlinson fell to the ground during the April 2009 demo before staggering 70 metres away, where he eventually collapsed and died minutes later near the Royal Exchange Buildings in the City of London.

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