Police baton, shove over Ian Tomlinson


Ian Tomlinson is walking away from a line of riot police with dogs, back towards police, hands in his pockets. He is hit on the back of his legs with a baton, then policeman lunges towards Tomlinson with his full weight and sends him flying. A protestor (Black Bloc?) comes to Tomlinson’s aid and tries to drag him away from the oncoming riot police.

I saw this happen again and again on Wednesday around Climate Camp, and now they’ve killed someone. If this isn’t murder it is extremely bloody close, and not just by the one officer who happened to be unlucky enough to assault the one person who died – this was systemic.


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