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[VIDEO] Advice to charge police officer over Ian Tomlinson death ignored

Police watchdog and pathologist favoured tougher line than CPS as Tomlinson’s family accuse authorities of cover-up


An official decision to bring no charges against the policeman who struck Ian Tomlinson minutes before he died at the G20 protests came under intense scrutiny last night as it emerged that the Independent Police Complaints Commission had backed a prosecution for manslaughter.

Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, acknowledged there was evidence that the officer, named as PC Simon Harwood, assaulted Tomlinson, 47, minutes before he died. But he said there was no realistic prospect of conviction because of “sharp disagreements” between pathologists.

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