Police payout for Tomlinsons

Scotland Yard apologised today to the family of Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed to the ground by PC Simon Harwood during protests in 2009, as the force confirmed it has reached an out-of-court settlement with his family.

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Last 4 years have been 'a really hard uphill battle' says widow

Julia Tomlinson says the last 4 years have been a really hard battle for the family Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Ian Tomlinson's widow Julia said:

"Today's apology and admission by the Metropolitan Police that their officer unlawfully killed Ian marks the end of our campaign and legal case.

"On April 1 2009 when we first heard news of Ian's death we simply wanted to know what had happened. We were completely in the dark until a week after his death when we saw the video capturing the violent assault on him by PC Harwood.

"It was, and still is a shocking video. We knew that Ian had been unlawfully killed by the officer as soon as we saw the video, but we had to first go through the long legal process of taking apart untruthful accounts given by PC Harwood and other police officers. We should not have had to do this.

"The last four years have been a really hard uphill battle. We have had to deal with many obstacles and set backs. After the 'unlawful killing' verdict at the inquest it was unimaginable to us that PC Harwood could be acquitted of the criminal charge of manslaughter.

We will never understand that verdict, but at least today's public admission of unlawful killing by the Metropolitan Police is the final verdict, and it is as close as we are going to get to justice.

"It will always be painful for us that Ian died so violently, but at least he is at rest now, and the force has publicly acknowledged the truth. We hope that lessons have been learned and that other families will be spared the tragedy and ordeal that we have had to face.

We loved Ian and will always keep his memory alive by talking about him and sharing our memories with each other as we finally start looking to the future again."

Apology is 'as close as we are going to get' to justice, says widow

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4 year battle by Ian @tomlinson family ends with payout and apology from met @itvlondon

Julia Tomlinson, the widow of Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed to the ground by a police officer during the G20 protests in 2009, said Scotland Yard's apology is "as close as we are going to get to justice" and said the family can "finally start looking to the future again".

Scotland Yard apologises 'unreservedly' for excessive force which led to death

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner: unreserved apology Credit: City of London Coroner's Court/PA Wire

Scotland Yard today apologised to relatives of Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed to the ground during protests in 2009, as it confirmed that an out-of-court settlement has been reached with his family.

The 47-year-old was hit with a baton and shoved by PC Simon Harwood during G20 demonstrations in the City of London, and later collapsed and died.

Today the Metropolitan Police paid tribute to the pain that his widow Julia and family have "endured with dignity" since his death.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner said:

"I take full responsibility for the actions of Simon Harwood on 1 April 2009. His actions fell far below the standard we expect from our officers. I accept the finding of the inquest that Mr Tomlinson was unlawfully killed.

"As the jury found, 'at the time of the strike and push Mr Tomlinson was walking away from the police line. He was complying with police instructions to leave Royal Exchange Buildings. He posed no threat'.

Today, I apologise unreservedly for Simon Harwood's use of excessive and unlawful force, which caused Mr Tomlinson's death, and for the suffering and distress caused to his family as a result."

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