The widow of Ian Tomlinson said that an apology and settlement from Scotland Yard is "as close as we are going to get to justice".Read the full story ›
Ian Tomlinson's son Paul King has said that his family will only now begin to heal after his father's death.
He said that since Ian's death during the G20 protests in London 2009 his memory of his father has been the amateur video filmed of his last few minutes and that he has had trouble remembering his father the man:
"The last four and a half years - my only memory of Ian is the video. It's been hard to try and think of him outside this trial. The family's going to take this time now and go back, we didn't even grieve properly for our dad."
Paul King, Ian Tomlinson's son, has said that PC Simon Harwood will have to live with the death of his father who died during the G20 protests in April 2009.
Mr King said: "He'll have to live with that every day and we know the truth. We tried and we never give up...the Metropolitan Police have accepted liability, it would have been better if they had made an example of Harwood...but we are where we are now, we've got to move on at some stage."
PC Harwood hit Mr Tomlinson with a baton and shoved him to the ground during the protests in London.
He was cleared of killing Mr Tomlinson but was found guilty of gross misconduct by a disciplinary panel.
Met Police deputy assistant commissioner Maxine de Brunner apologised "unreservedly" for Pc Simon Harwood’s use of "excessive and unlawful force", which caused Ian Tomlinson’s death, and for the "suffering and distress" caused to his family.
I take full responsibility for the actions of Simon Harwood on April 1, 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”.
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".
She said the family can "finally start looking to the future again".
Scotland Yard apologised 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.
Deborah Glass, the Deputy Chair of the IPCC has said that Simon Harwood has been held accountable for his actions and that Ian Tomlinson's death could have been avoided.
Former Pc Simon Harwood will be able to claim his police pension when he reaches the eligible age, despite being sacked for gross misconduct.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner said she is unable to remove his pension because he has not been convicted of a criminal offence
She said: "Simon Harwood will retain his pension when he reaches pensionable age. I'm unable to remove his pension because he has not been convicted of a criminal offence."
Ian Tomlinson's stepson Paul King has expressed his anger at the outcome of the hearing, calling it nothing more than "showboating."
He said: "I think it's pointless, it hasn't proved anything to us. We still haven't got any answer from this. After three-and-a-half years, I think its diabolical. It's like we're back at day one. We will carry on, it isn't going to be the last of it."