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Ian Tomlinson: Pc Simon Harwood, the Met escapes and the Sun’s lies

by | 18th, September 2012

PC Simon Harwood will keep his police pension. Make that former Pc Simon Harwood, the copper sacked for gross misconduct. Ian Tomlinson’s family may well laugh. In Tomlinson was the man who died at the G20 protest in London back in 2009. Harwood was filmed hitting Tomlinson and pushing him to the ground. Tomlinson was on his way home from work. He was minding his own business. His hands were in his pockets. He was facing the other way.

An inquest ruled that Mr Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed.  Dr Freddy Patel’s initial verdict  was that Mr Tomlinson died of natural causes. That was wrong.

The Killing Of Ian Tomlinson In Photos

Harwood admitted using unnecessary force. He was acquitted of manslaughter.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner of the Met Police says Hawwood cannot lose his pension because he was not convicted of a criminal offence in relation to death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson. She says:

“Simon Harwood will retain his pension when he reaches pensionable age. I’m unable to remove his pension because he has not been convicted of a criminal offence…We must remember on April 1, 2009 Ian Tomlinson lost his life. I take full responsibility for Simon Harwood and I would like to offer my sincere apologies and condolences to his family. Today’s hearing has resulted in the maximum penalty that was ever available to the panel – dismissal due to gross misconduct. That leaves no ambiguity as to how the Met views the actions of Simon Harwood.”

She takes full responsibility. Good. Sack her as well, then.

Harwood did not work  alone . Here is why his  bosses at the Met should be charged, too .

But the police looking at Harwood board didn’t debate that. The panel two police officers and a lay member also decided against debating the allegation that Pc Harwood’s actions inadvertently caused or contributed to the death of Mr Tomlinson.

After he was hit, Tomlinson walked less than 100 yards. He collapsed. He died from internal injuries.

Harwood’s brief told the disciplinary hearing it was “impossible for him ever again to be employed as a police officer”.

But he’s being rash. Others with a thuggish reputarion should not be put off form

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