Family anger at G20 PC hearing

Ian Tomlinson's family have branded the police disciplinary hearing for the Met Police officer cleared of his manslaughter during the G20 protests in 2009, a "whitewash." PC Simon Harwood has been sacked after being found guilty of misconduct.

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With hindsight Harwood would have used 'no force'

Simon Harwood's legal team said with the benefit of hindsight, he would have used "no force at all" if he had known about the state of Mr Tomlinson's health.

If he had known then what he now knows about the circumstances, everybody's movements and Mr Tomlinson's health, he would have used no force, let alone the force that he did use.

– Patrick Gibbs QC

Harwood's lawyers have refused to accept an allegation that his actions inadvertently caused or contributed to the 47-year-old's death.

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Charges facing PC Harwood

This is the regulation 21 notice issued to PC Simon Harwood that in effect forms the charges against him:

Being a member of the Metropolitan Police Service you did not reach the requirements contained within the Standards of Professional Behaviour on that:

You were on duty on 1st April 2009 in the vicinity of Cornhill and the Royal Exchange Buildings in the City of London.

At about 7.00pm you took it upon yourself to join a cordon of 20 other police officers including six police dogs tasked with clearing the pedestrian area that makes up the Royal Exchange Buildings.

At about 7.20pm as the clearance task concluded you stepped forward and

a) struck Mr Tomlinson on his left thigh with your baton;

b) pushed Mr Tomlinson so that he fell to the ground; and

c) such dangerous actions inadvertently causing or contributing to the death of Mr Tomlinson on 1st April 2009.

Timeline of Pc Simon Harwood's alleged misconduct

Pc Simon Harwood will face a disciplinary hearing relating to the death of Ian Tomlinson today, but it is not the first time the officer has faced disciplinary proceedings:

  • 1989-2001 -A series of allegations made against Pc Harwood including unlawful arrest, abuse of authority and discreditable conduct
  • 2001 - Retires from Met on medical grounds
  • 2004 - Rejoins the Met as part of its territorial support group (TSG)
  • 1 April 2009 - Hits Ian Tomlinson with his baton and pushes him to the ground during G20 protests in London
  • 7 April 2009 - Amateur video footage passed to The Guardian shows Pc Harwood hit Mr Tomlinson
  • May 2011 - Inquest concludes he used "excessive and unreasonable" force against Mr Tomlinson
  • July 2012 - Cleared of manslaughter charge

Pc Simon Harwood faces disciplinary hearing over G20 death

Pc Simon Harwood Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The police officer who was cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in London in 2009 will face disciplinary proceedings today.

He will face a gross misconduct hearing in front of a panel of three people including a senior officer and a lay person in West London from today. It is expected to last up to four weeks.

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