Ian Tomlinson unlawfully killed, jury finds

Ian Tomlinson was unlawfully killed by a Metropolitan Police officer, a jury has found.

The 47-year-old newspaper seller, who lived in Matlock until he was 17, collapsed and died after he was hit by a baton and pushed to the ground by PC Simon Harwood at the G20 protests in London on April 1, 2009.

Mr Tomlinson, 47, had been trying to walk home from work through the demonstrations when he was attacked from behind by PC Harwood, a member of the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG).

On Tuesday, May 3, jurors took three hours to find that Mr Tomlinson died of internal bleeding after being hit with a baton and pushed to the ground with ‘excessive and unreasonable force’.

The jury also noted that when Mr Tomlinson was struck, he was walking away from police, obeying orders and posed ‘no threat’.

Mr Tomlinson’s family said the verdict was a ‘huge relief’.

The Crown Prosecution Service is now considering whether to prosecute PC Harwood for manslaughter.

Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, said he would be reviewing his earlier decision not to bring criminal prosecutions against PC Harwood.