The Ian Tomlinson inquest is to be held in March

February 25, 2011 in Civil Unrest, Protest, Custody Deaths & Abuse by Larry Fedja

all credits: BBC News
published: 6th January 2011

An inquest will begin in March into the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in London. The 47-year-old was filmed being pushed to the ground by a police officer in 2009. A pathologist initially found he died of natural causes but two subsequent post-mortems suggested blunt force trauma had caused internal bleeding.

The inquest is likely to examine the actions of police, the pathologist, the coroner and independent investigators. Judge Peter Thornton QC will hear evidence in central London and the jury inquest is expected to last for up to six weeks.

He is an expert on public order law who been involved in several high-profile trials and was appointed assistant deputy coroner for the case in November.

Pathologist Dr Freddy Patel said Mr Tomlinson, who was not taking part in the demonstration, died of natural causes linked to coronary artery disease. But his findings were re-examined after video footage emerged of a Metropolitan Police officer, Pc Simon Harwood, pushing him.

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