Ian Tomlinson…

…died of natural causes. Further, anarchist protesters assaulted police, who bravely endured the attacks of the violent mob while they scrambled desperately to save the apparently injured man’s life.

“City resident Ian Tomlinson, 47, was on his way home from his job at a newsagent’s. He suffered a suspected heart attack but officers had to move him away from the front line after bottles were thrown at them” (Squats raided in hunt for G20 rioters, The Australian, April 3, 2009).

Oh wait…

Walking home, hands in his pockets, this video shows the moment newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson was attacked from behind by a baton-wielding police officer.

Hours later Mr Tomlinson, aged 47, who appeared to be playing no role in the G20 protests that brought parts of London to a standstill last week, was dead.

The dramatic film shows that Mr Tomlinson, who was married, did not speak to police or offer any resistance, before police – some in riot gear, others with police dogs – surge up behind him.

Then a Metropolitan police officer appears to strike him from behind with his baton, hitting him on his upper thigh.

The same officer then rushes up behind him again and uses both hands to push Mr Tomlinson along the floor…

Obviously, Ian was reaching for a gun.

Or something.

(Looks like he may have been a terrorist.)

Video of police assault on Ian Tomlinson, who died at G20 protest

The Guardian obtained this footage of Ian Tomlinson at a G20 protest in London shortly before he died. It shows Tomlinson, who was not part of the demonstration, being assaulted from behind and pushed to the ground by baton-wielding police.

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9 Responses to Ian Tomlinson…

  1. Dr Melvin T Gray says:


    Footage showing the late Mr Ian Tomlinson being followed and attacked from behind by police, corroborates eye witness accounts that he was violently thrown headfirst to the pavement and subsequently beaten by police batons whilst dazed and prostrate.

    Irrefutable evidence of a cowardly attack cannot be reconciled with false accounting in earlier police reports. Death by natural causes was the finding of a ‘post haste post mortem’ now discredited by revelation. Immediate action is required to address a public living in fear of violent and conspiring police. A government colludes behind the scenes, aiding the concealment of facts and the embellishment of circumstances serving no other purpose than exonerating state employees involved in state killings of civilians. A growing pattern of similar cases is sufficiently serious to merit International intervention.

  2. dj says:

    Sad and sickening. Insulting that they thought they could get away with it.

  3. @ndy says:

    Who says they haven’t?

  4. dj says:

    Granted on the matter of anyone ever being charged but I was more alluding to that they thought that no one would come forward to provide a contrary account of what happened nor that anyone would have video or photographic evidence of what happened.

  5. @ndy says:

    Yeah. But you can’t blame them for trying. Besides, the police PR unit understands the importance of establishing counter-narratives at the earliest available opportunity. Re The Met, their “current press liaison officer is a former journalist for rabidly right-wing and dishonest Daily Mailaccording to one account.

    Fairy tales regarding police coming to the rescue of a man they’d attacked are the beautiful offspring of the marriage of the ideological and repressive state apparatus.

  6. Dazzas says:

    This is not bad, this is diabolical, as the footage shows there is an officer with a dog with no riot helmet, why cant the police arrest this officer and ask him who did this. Also why was the riot officer wearing a scarf to cover his identity. This police officer (who probably doesnt have any conscience) should be found and the book thrown at him.

    If his death is found to be from the incident then the police officer should stand in court for murder…

  7. Lumpen says:

    It’s worth pointing out that a law was recently passed in the UK that means anyone attempting to identify a cop is guilty of terrorism. So if a policeman deliberately obscures their identity and beats someone, the bigger crime would be attempting to identify the cop, through publication or communication, as this could be used by terrorists (updated Section 76 of the Terrorism Act 2000). The law was passed in response to attempts to fight ongoing police harassment against activists attempting to bring government to account.

    So DJ & Dazzas, anyone trying to identify the cop could be in far more trouble than the cop who assaulted poor Ian Tomlinson, even if their motives were pure. The cops know this and, according to anarchists in the UK (that’s never going to sound right) and amateur photographers, it’s cited with alarming regularity – even before it was made law! Hell, the cops there can execute someone in full view and notch it up to accidental overzealousness. It’s not surprising that the cops feel they can act with impunity in public view.
    See: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/letters/article6061882.ece
    Sad stuff.

  8. Mark says:

    I think the cop who pushed him down, should be up for manslaughter. You can tell he was over eager. Yelling at Ian, ‘When I tell you to move, you move’.

  9. eebo says:

    A protest should be called to enable us to regain our rights and identity. If the liars that sit on green benches send the pigs to police it then their deaths and mutilation will serve as a reminder. The cps is a sham, a machine whose aim is to keep us dumbed down. I propose it should be physically torn apart and people who work within it should be tried one by one along with the liars.
    Tyeburn should be reinstated where Marble Arch stands and these enemies of England should meet their end in a gruesome and convoluted manner. There is no police! There is no justice! We have to act and act now. The pigs are too afraid to deal with travellers but only too ready to bully innocent people. These are desperate times, siblings and desperate times call for desperate measures. NO MERCY FOR THE LIARS AND THE PIGS!!!!

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