Anorak | Ian Tomlinson: It’s A Crime That Pc Harwood Is The Only Copper In The Dock

Ian Tomlinson: It’s A Crime That Pc Harwood Is The Only Copper In The Dock

by | 25th, May 2011

WAS Ian Tomlinson murdered? No. But he was unlawfully killed. Pc Simon Hardwood, an officer with the militia-styled Territorial Support Group, hit him with baton and pushed him over.

Tomlinson had his hands in his pockets. He offered neither threat nor reistance.

Harwood used “excessive and unreasonable force ”. Was that violence typical of the man and the police?

Before he pushed Tomlinson, Harwood had been twice investigated over his alleged aggressive behaviour.

While working for the Metropolitan Police, Harwood was, allegedly, involved in a road rage incident in the late 1990s.  He had been due to face a misconduct hearing. But the heating never happened. Before it could, Harwood resigned from the force on medical grounds. So. That was the end of his police career? Obviously not.. He rejoined the police, working as a civilian computer worker. He was back in the system. In May 2003, Harwood applied to join Surrey Police as a PC.

In 2004, Harwood rejoined the Met.

In 2009, Harwood was with the TSG at the G20 protests. Video shows that his police identity number was not clearly displayed. His lower face was covered by a scarf.

In July 2010, the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, decided not to prosecute Harwood for manslaughter. That decision has been reversed. Good. The policeman must answer for his

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