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The Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission Deborah Glass said:
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.
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The policeman cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson during the G20 riots had been previously accused of excessive force, ITV News has learned.