The police officer captured on video apparently forcing Ian Tomlinson to the ground at the G20 protests on April 1st minutes before the death of the 47-year old newspaper seller has been questioned under caution on suspicion of manslaughter following a second post-mortem carried out by expert pathologist Dr. Nat Cary. An initial post-mortem came to the conclusion that Tomlinson had died of a heart attack – however that verdict has been overturned in light of a second examination which found the cause of death to be internal bleeding. Cary’s findings immediately call into question the verdict reached by Home Office pathologist Dr. Freddy Patel in the days following Mr. Tomlinson’s death which concluded the cause of death was a heart attack, with Cary noting that while there was evidence that Tomlinson suffered hardening of the arteries in his heart, this alone was not fatal.
A spokesman for the City of London’s coroner’s court affirmed, “Dr F Patel made a number of findings of fact including descriptions of a number of injuries and of diseased organs including the heart and liver. He found a substantial amount of blood in the abdominal cavity. His provisional interpretation of his findings was that the cause of death was coronary artery disease. The opinions of both consultant pathologists are provisional and both agree that their final opinions must await the outcome of further investigations and tests. These are likely to take some time.”
Tomlinson died shortly after the incident at around 7.20pm on the day of protests which saw the most expensive policing operation in British history. Two separate videos taken by private citizens and released after the findings of Dr. Patel’s post-mortem appear to show an officer who was not displaying a badge number attacking Mr. Tomlinson from behind as the he walked away from officers with his hands in his pockets. The footage clearly shows Mr. Tomlinson sitting on the ground with a number of police officers standing nearby and refusing to come to his assistance immediately after the incident; a member of the public goes to his aid and helps him to his feet.
The officer who appears to attack Tomlinson from behind on the video and who has been identified as a member of the Metropolitan police’s territorial support group (TSG) has been suspended from duty. It is reported that he has also signed off sick after experiencing a “panic attack” when the footage and full extent of the story emerged. International press outlets had originally reported that Tomlinson had died of a heart attack, with the Metropolitan police claiming that he had “no contact” with officers prior to his death.
Ian Tomlinson’s son Paul King said, “First we were told that there had been no contact with the police, then we were told that he died of a heart attack; now we know that he was violently assaulted by a police officer and died from internal bleeding. As time goes on we hope that the full truth about how Ian died will be made known.”
The family’s solicitor Jules Carey added, “The video footage of the unprovoked and vicious assault on Ian by the police officer would easily justify charges of assault being brought against the officer. The findings of Dr. Nat Cary significantly increase the likelihood that the officer will now face the more serious charge of manslaughter. The family have been aware of the findings of the second pathology report for a week and have had to endure the holding back of this information despite continuing reports in the press that Ian died of a heart attack. The IPCC opposed the disclosure of Dr Carey’s findings until they satisfied themselves that it would not prejudice their investigation of the officer. It is of some comfort to the family that the record is now being put straight, but they hope that the IPCC investigation will be expedited and thorough, and that there will be a prompt referral to the CPS for charge.”
 G20 victim ‘died from haemorrhage’ , http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/g20-victim-died-from-haemorrhage-1670257.html
 G20 officer questioned on suspicion of Ian Tomlinson manslaughter, http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/17/ian-tomlinson-g20-manslaughter-questioning
 Ian Tomlinson G20 protests death: police office faces manslaughter charge, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/g20-summit/5172206/Ian-Tomlinson-G20-protests-death-police-office-faces-manslaughter-charge.html