Speaking after the hearing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner apologised to the Tomlinson family but insisted that the maximum penalty possible was delivered today.
Today's hearing has resulted in the maximum penalty that was ever available to the panel - dismissal due to gross misconduct.
This leaves no ambiguity as to how the Met views the actions of Simon Harwood.
Simon Harwood does not reflect the professionalism of the majority of officers working in public order, often in the most difficult of circumstances.
I hope that this one officer's actions in 2009 does not taint the public opinion of officers who have worked tirelessly this year supporting events such as the Jubilee and of course the Olympics.
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