…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).
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.
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.
(Looks like he may have been a terrorist.)
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.