Police unlawfully killed man in London G20 riot: inquest

3rd May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A man caught up in the 2009 London G20 protests was unlawfully killed by a police riot squad officer, an inquest jury ruled Tuesday.

Constable Simon Harwood used "excessive and unreasonable" force in hitting Ian Tomlinson with a baton and shoving him to the ground, the jury said.

Tomlinson, 47, a homeless newspaper seller with a history of alcoholism, was walking through a demonstration by thousands of anti-capitalist protesters in the City of London financial district on April 1, 2009.

The protesters had gathered ahead of the Group of 20 summit in London, attended by world leaders including US President Barack Obama, but the demonstration turned violent and riot police were sent in.

Tomlinson collapsed and died minutes after being struck.

© 2011 AFP

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