Public inquiry for PC over G20 death

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The Independent Online

Police Constable Simon Harwood will become the first Metropolitan Police officer to face a public disciplinary inquiry, after an inquest ruled Ian Tomlinson – the man he pushed to the ground at the G20 protests in 2009 – was unlawfully killed.

Deborah Glass, deputy chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said that the inquiry would be held in public because Scotland Yard wanted to win back public faith by appearing "transparent". The Director of Public Prosecutions is also to examine whether there is enough evidence to charge PC Harwood with manslaughter.

The jurors at the inquest, who delivered a unanimous verdict, ruled that the officer "deliberately and intentionally" shoved Mr Tomlinson.