Video of Ian Tomlinson assualted from behind without provocation by a police officer

The Guardian have published video footage of Ian Tomlinson, a bystander caught up in last week’s G20 protests in London, being struck from behind in the leg with a baton and pushed to the ground by a police officer as he walked away peacably with his hands in his pockets. He died of a heart attack a little while later.

It becomes clearer that the purpose of riot police is not only to protect the public at large by controlling riots, but also to protect the status quo by discouraging dissent and protest — if you know that even protesting peacefully (or being in the area of a protest but not participating, as in Tomlinson’s case) you are at risk of unprovoked attack by armed, armoured and aggressive large males, you will tend to be discouraged from doing so. I know I am. :-/

2 Responses to “Video of Ian Tomlinson assualted from behind without provocation by a police officer”

  1. elizabeth
    April 7th, 2009 | 10:09 pm

    Thank you for giving this terrible event time. Keep giving it your attention, for the sake of peace and justice in England. Thank you.

  2. Cai
    April 8th, 2009 | 12:47 pm

    Together with yesterdays ‘illegal protest’ in London (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7986838.stm) it is rather disturbing.