Today the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson begins.
On the 1st April 2009, 47-year old Ian Tomlinson died from internal injuries after being assaulted my riot police at G20 protests in London. Not part of the protest, Tomlinson was walking in the vicinity and was clubbed to the ground by a Metropolitan Police officer. He died shortly after through what a police report and an initial coroner report described as a heart attack. Subsequent ‘independent’ autopsies showed that he had died from internal bleeding.
For two years Ian’s family have been campaigning for the following reasons:
• To demand a full investigation into Ian’s death that scrutinises the individual conduct and operational command tactics of police officers present at the G20 protest and those in command of them when Ian was assaulted and died
• To call for full criminal charges to be brought against any officer whose actions or failure of duty resulted in Ian’s death
• To campaign for change to any police policies, tactics or frequent abuses of power which may effectively endanger people’s lives rather than protect them, so that future deaths and injuries to the public can be prevented
• To raise awareness of any issues we may experience as a family seeking justice through statutory and judicial systems that are a cause for public concern
The inquest will be conducted by the Chief Coroner, Judge Peter Thornton QC, who replaces the City of London Coroner Paul Matthews.