– Maxine de Brunner, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE
The evidence has now been put before the jury and they have reached their decision.
It has always been the intention of the Metropolitan Police Service to hold the misconduct hearing as soon as possible. This was delayed pending the outcome of the trial. Papers were served on Pc Harwood in November 2010 informing him of the intention to proceed to a gross misconduct hearing.
Following the conclusion of the trial of Pc Harwood, we will now need to review the misconduct case against him, as required by the Home Office guidance.
This is one of the hardest days for the family, and there have been many.
The morning an officer told them Ian was dead, the day they first saw that video, the day an investigator said it might be a protester in a policeman's uniform, the day the pathologist changed his evidence about finding three litres of blood, the day the CPS said they wouldn't charge the officer with any offence.
– Jules Carey, solicitor for Ian Tomlinson's family
Pc Harwood may have been acquitted of manslaughter by this jury, but another jury, at the inquest a year ago, found that Ian Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed. It is impossible for this family to understand these two, apparently contradictory, verdicts.
Ian Tomlinson's family have not given up on justice. They will now look to the civil courts to reconcile these verdicts, deliver justice and formally answer the question 'Who killed Ian Tomlinson?'
The Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission Deborah Glass said:
While the jury has today acquitted PC Simon Harwood of manslaughter, it is clear that significant questions remain in connection with his actions on the day Ian Tomlinson died.
Whether or not those actions were reasonable will be tested further at a misconduct hearing in September, which I have directed will be held in public.
There are also questions in this case that the Metropolitan Police Service must answer. PC Harwood was able to retire from the Metropolitan Police while facing disciplinary proceedings for previous alleged misconduct towards a member of the public.
That he was then re-employed by the force, first in a civilian role and later as a constable, is simply staggering and raises considerable concerns about their vetting procedures.
Ian Tomlinson's stepson Paul King has described Pc Harwood's not guilty verdict as "a joke".
There were emotional scenes as the police officer accused of killing Ian Tomlinson during the G20 riots was cleared of manslaughter.
The family of 47 year old Mr Tomlinson left Sothwark Crown Court in tears. They have campaigned since his death in 2009 for a prosecution to be brought.
Pc Simon Harwood held his head in his hands as the forewoman said "not guilty". It was a majority verdict by 10 to 2 after a 5 week trial. The police officer's wife stood by the dock and as her husband was discharged she ran to him and they embraced as she broke down in tears of relief.
The family of Ian Tomlinson who died after being shoved by Pc Simon Harwood said it "really hurts" that the officer was cleared of manslaughter, adding: "It's not the end, we are not giving up for justice for Ian."
PC Harwood cried quietly in the dock when he was cleared, and walked out to an embrace from his wife Helen, who continued sobbing.
A jury has found Pc Simon Harwood not guilty of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson.
Mr Harwood was charged following the death of 47-year-old Mr Tomlinson during the G20 protests in the City of London in April 2009.
The police officer hit Mr Tomlinson with a baton and pushed him to the ground during the protests three years ago.
The father-of-nine walked 75 yards before he collapsed and later died.
Harwood, who is 45, from Carshalton in Surrey, denied manslaughter on the grounds that he used reasonable force.
After the Pc Simon Harwood was cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, he held his head in his hands and his wife was hugged by her friend.