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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.
Harwood's lawyers have refused to accept an allegation that his actions inadvertently caused or contributed to the 47-year-old's death.
The family of Ian Tomlinson showed little emotion, sitting less than six feet away from Harwood and his wife.
This is the regulation 21 notice issued to PC Simon Harwood that in effect forms the charges against him:
A police officer who was cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests has accepted that his actions amounted to gross misconduct. In a public disciplinary hearing it emerged PC Simon Harwood also offered to resign on two occasions.
But PC Harwood does not accept his actions inadvertently caused or contributed to Ian Tomlinson's death.
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
The police officer who was cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in London in 2009 will face disciplinary proceedings today.
Pc Simon Harwood was acquitted of manslaughter in July but police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) ordered that he should face the internal Metropolitan Police hearing in public.
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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The family of Ian Tomlinson has dismissed a Met Police hearing against PC Simon Harwood as "a whitewash". He now faces the sack.