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Ian Tomlinson Was Killed By A Rogue System: Harwood Is Just A Product

by | 3rd, May 2011

PC Simon Harwood, a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group, used excessive and unreasonable force against Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in London,  a jury has decided , write Richard North.

Image: Paul King (centre), the son of Ian Tomlinson, and his widow Julia (2nd right) speak to the press after the inquest into Mr Tomlinson’s death was delivered as an unlawful killing.

To reach an unlawful killing conclusion, says  The Guardian , the jury were required to have been satisfied to a higher burden of proof than the other possible verdicts, which could have been reached “on the balance of probabilities” . They had to be convinced “beyond reasonable doubt “, the same threshold used in criminal trials.
Now, we are told, the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, who decided in July last year not to prosecute Harwood for manslaughter, will now be under intense pressure to reverse that decision. My guess is that as always he will try to tough it out, and avoid a prosecution.

Therein does lie the core of the problem we are becoming an “us and them” society, where there is one rule for them and another for us. The police, on the one hand, get away with murder, while on the other hand punish the public for minor infractions of the law.

Actually, it would be more accurate to say we are  returning to an “us and them” society

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