Here a murdering met cop from 2009 freely walks the streets for three years while the Crown
finally gets round to fixing a court date. Any other murderer, apart from a FREEMASON, would not have
such a luxury and would NOT be getting bail to wait three years for a hearing on his guilt.
The UK operates a two tier justice system, a them and us system that sees some of the most
vile bastards on the planet getting away with murder.
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Ian Tomlinson, a bystander caught up in the G20 protests in London, died after a policeman struck him with a baton and shoved him to the ground in "a gratuitous act of aggression", a court has heard.
The 47-year-old, who was trying to pass through police cordons to the hotel where he lived in east London, was walking away from police lines with his hands in his pockets when PC Simon Harwood assaulted him without warning, Southwark crown court was told during the opening day of a trial for manslaughter.
Tomlinson had played no part in any demonstration and posed not the slightest threat to officers, Mark Dennis QC told the jury. Harwood – who was wearing a riot helmet with a balaclava pushed up to his nose – targeted Tomlinson because he was upset after an activist who wrote graffiti on his police van wriggled free of his grip, bringing taunts from onlookers.
"This was a rush of blood to the head," Dennis said. "It was more akin to thuggish behaviour than proper, reasonable policing."
Although protests at the meeting of G20 leaders in London on 1 April 2009 had brought significant disruption to the area, by 7pm – when Tomlinson was going home from spending time with a newspaper vendor friend – the scene around Cornhill was relatively quiet, Dennis told the jury.
Tomlinson, a long-term alcoholic who had previously been homeless, had been drinking heavily but appeared merely disoriented and was not impeding police when Harwood took it on himself to help other riot officers clear a pedestrian passageway by Royal Exchange Buildings.
"It did not appear that Tomlinson was posing any threat to anyone – indeed, he was facing away from the police at the moment that he was struck on the upper thigh with the baton and then violently pushed to the floor," Dennis said.
"To strike out as he did, simply because Tomlinson may not have been moving as quickly as the defendant might have wanted, was a wholly disproportionate response by the defendant to the circumstances that then existed.
"There had been no need to use any force upon Tomlinson, let alone a forceful baton strike followed by a powerful push to the back that sent him flying. The display of force has all the hallmarks of a gratuitous act of aggression by a lone officer whose blood was up, having lost the self-control to be expected of a police officer in such circumstances and who was going to stand no truck from anyone who appeared to him to be a protester and to be getting in his way."
Tomlinson walked slightly further, clutching his right side, before collapsing. He was pronounced dead in hospital 45 minutes later. Some of his children, watching from the public gallery, wiped away tears as they heard about the unsuccessful efforts to revive him.
An initial postmortem concluded that Tomlinson died from a heart attack. Several days later, an American man in London on a business trip during the protest passed video footage to the Guardian showing an officer seemingly assaulting Tomlinson. The officer was later identified as Harwood, now 45, a policeman since 1995 and a member of the Metropolitan police's Territorial Support Group (TSG). Two further postmortems found the heart attack was caused by internal bleeding connected to a liver injury, consistent with Harwood's actions.
Given the short time between Harwood's actions and Tomlinson's death, "there was only one event that could realistically have occasioned that damage", Dennis said.
Tomlinson would have been "taken completely by surprise", with no chance to protest himself from a heavy fall, Dennis said. He added: "In such circumstances, an unlawful assault that causes the death of another amounts to the offence of manslaughter."
The jury was shown a series of photographs and CCTV stills tracking the two men's movements from just after 7pm to when Harwood struck Tomlinson, shortly after 7.20pm, and then Tomlinson's last moments.
Harwood, detailed to drive his fellow TSG officers, became actively involved in policing the protest after trying to arrest an activist writing graffiti on his parked van. The man wriggled free, leaving Harwood clutching just a jacket, to the cheers of those watching.
Harwood then drew his baton and joined the operation to clear the street, which by then contained just a few onlookers, Dennis said. It was now he encountered Tomlinson.
Dennis said: "Having struck Tomlinson and sent him flying to the ground, the defendant simply turned away and ignored him." Members of the public helped Tomlinson to his feet.
On returning to his base at Catford police station in south London, Harwood gave a witness statement which mentioned the failed graffiti arrest but did not specifically talk about Tomlinson. Instead, the court heard, the policeman talked about being "surrounded" and helping to clear police lines using "reasonable force".
Harwood added in the statement, using capital letters for emphasis: "I do not remember how many persons I struck, but done so in order to prevent any further RIOTING and (to) preserve my safety."
Given that Harwood accepted he was the officer seen striking Tomlinson in pictures and video footage which the jury would also see, Dennis argued, there were two key issues to decide: whether his use of force was lawful; and whether it led to Tomlinson's death.
Harwood, from Carshalton, Surrey, sat impassive in the dock as the evidence was heard, dressed in a dark blue suit and striped tie. He denies manslaughter. The trial is scheduled to last up to five weeks.