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Pc cleared of G20 protest death

Pc Simon Harwood has been cleared of killing newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in 2009. Tomlinson's family have said they will launch a civil prosecution against Harwood.

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IPCC: 'Significant questions remain' over Tomlinson death

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.

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