By Charlotte Gill
The policeman filmed shoving a man to the ground at the G20 protests could face a manslaughter charge.
The Metropolitan Police riot squad officer was interviewed yesterday on suspicion of killing Ian Tomlinson after a second post-mortem revealed he died from internal bleeding, and not a heart attack as first thought.
Last night the Tomlinson family’s lawyer said the new findings ‘ significantly increase’ the likelihood that the officer will now face the more serious charge of manslaughter, rather than assault.
They have also raised serious questions about the initial Scotland Yard response to Mr Tomlinson’s death, and the delays in handing over the investigation of the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Mr Tomlinson’s stepson, Paul King, said the family hoped that the ‘full truth’ about how the 47-year-old died would be made known.
He said: ‘First we were told there had been no contact with the police, then we were told that he died of a heart attack. Now we know he was violently assaulted by a police officer and died from internal bleeding.’
Questions are also certain to be asked about the controversial pathologist who carried out the first post-mortem examination.
Dr Freddy Patel, concluded that Mr Tomlinson died of a heart attack despite finding a ‘substantial amount of blood’ in his abdominal cavity.
His ‘provisional’ conclusion was that Mr Tomlinson died of ‘coronary artery disease’ and said he had heart and liver diseases.
Concerned about the accuracy of the findings, both the family and the Independent Police Complaints Commission asked for another post-mortem examination to be carried out by the widely-respected Dr Nat Cary.
he concluded that an ‘abdominal haemorrhage’ killed Mr Tomlinson.
Scotland Yard said it was unable to comment on the new findings
The father of nine was not a protester
At first, the official police version of events was that his death had no connection with the policing of the protest. Indeed, in the aftermath of Mr Tomlinson’s collapse, Scotland Yard issued a statement describing how officers trying to help him
On April 3, the City of London police said he had died of a heart attack. But on April 7 video footage taken by a New York fund manager emerged which showed him being hit on the legs with a baton and being shoved aggressively to the ground at 7.20pm. At 7.30, Mr Tomlinson collapsed and died.
The police constable who pushed him – an officer with the Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group whose shoulder identification number appears to be missing in the film – was suspended from duty on April 9.
In 2005 the innocent Brazilian man, Jean Charles de Menezes, was shot several times in the head by the police in London. The trail for this execution found the police officers innocent, that they were courageous and could not have done any thing differently.