Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died at the G20 protest in London, seemed "drunk" before he was pushed to the ground, an ex-police officer said at the opening of an inquest yesterday, in which the jury was shown new footage of the moment the 47-year-old died.
His widow, Julia, wiped away tears as footage showed him being shoved to the ground by an officer at the 2009 protests in London. CCTV images, police helicopter footage and handheld video recordings showed Mr Tomlinson staggering away from a police cordon after being hit with a baton on the fringes of the anti-summit demonstration in London in 2009.
One family member walked out as Mr Tomlinson was seen staggering about 100 yards and collapsing in Cornhill, near St Michael's Alley. PC Simon Harwood, a member of the Metropolitan Police's Territorial Support Group, will face a charge of gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing after the inquest has ended. Prosecutors may review the decision not to charge officers over the death, the jurors heard. The Home Office pathologist Freddy Patel's initial verdict that Mr Tomlinson died of natural causes was contradicted by a second and third pathologist. The inquest continues today.Reuse content