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Ian Tomlinson Death Inquest: Was He Drunk And ‘Vacant When The Police Attacked?

by | 30th, March 2011

THE televised death of Ian Tomlinson has a new episode. A new video shows his final moments.

The death inquest into how Ian Tomlinson came to die at the G20 protests has begun. Mr Tomlinson died on 1 April 2009. The jury, sitting at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in Fleet Street, London, will review the evidence.

Judge Peter Thornton QC, sitting as assistant deputy coroner at the central London hearing, says that Dr Freddy Patel’s initial verdict that Mr Tomlinson died of natural causes will be examined. Dr Patel’s opinion was contradicted by pathologists Nat Cary and Kenneth Shorrock who said Tomlinson died of internal bleeding. Says the judge:

“There is likely to be controversy too about the finding of Dr Patel in the first post-mortem of the presence of fluid in the abdomen and to what extent it contained blood. But I will say no more at this stage.”

News is that before the newspaper seller died he appeared very drunk “. He smelled of intoxicants and was staring vacantly towards the demonstration “. So says a former City of London officer.

So. Why did a policeman hit Tomlinson round the legs with his baton and push him to the ground? Why didn’t the police take his arm and walk him to a place of safety? How did a man who worked selling the Evening Standard in Fish Street come to die? Why did police strike a man who was not offering resistance

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