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G20 tragedy: Damning new film shows riot officers beat man three times before he died

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Charlotte Gill, Tom Kelly and Dan Newling
UK Daily Mail
Thursday, April 9, 2009

Further video evidence has emerged that seems to show that the man who died in the G20 protest had been hit three times by police.

The footage, recovered from a broken TV news camera, clearly shows a police officer hitting the back of Ian Tomlinson’s legs with a metal baton.

It appears to back up earlier film taken by a City fund manager and released on Tuesday night, which showed an officer striking the homeless alcoholic with a baton and then shoving him to the ground.

The new images, which emerged last night, also show several officers standing around failing to help Mr Tomlinson while the officer who apparently attacked him is filmed chatting to what appears to be a more senior officer.

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The second video – taken by a Channel 4 News cameraman – raises yet more questions about why it took a week for it to emerge that Mr Tomlinson clashed with police before his death on April 1.

  • A d v e r t i s e m e n t

As calls continued to grow for a full-scale criminal inquiry, it emerged that:

  • The policeman at the centre of the case and three of his colleagues came forward following an internal Scotland Yard appeal;
  • Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Stephenson admitted the case raised ‘obvious concerns’ and former London mayor Ken Livingstone called for the baton-wielding officer’s suspension;
  • A freelance photographer who saw Mr Tomlinson that night said she was convinced he was struck twice;
  • The Independent Police Complaints Commission took over handling of the inquiry from the City of London force and ordered a second post-mortem examination to determine if any external factor contributed to his death. The first concluded it was natural causes.

Mr Tomlinson, 47, died last Wednesday evening at the end of the G20 demonstration in London, where a crowd of 5,000 protested against capitalism. He had been walking back to a shelter for homeless alcoholics near Smithfield meat market.

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