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Old 04-15-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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New G20 video shows woman being struck



Date: 15 April 2009

A fresh investigation into police conduct during the G20 protests was launched last night after video footage showed an officer hitting out at a woman during the summit.


Footage on the website YouTube showed an officer swiping at the female with his hand before apparently hitting her across the legs with a baton.

Scotland Yard said it was in the process of referring evidence to the Independent Police Complaints CoADVERTISEMENTmmission, which launched an inquiry last week into the death of Ian Tomlinson.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the matter raised "immediate concerns".

He said: "Once we were notified of this footage by a media agency this afternoon, we began to take steps to identify this officer and are currently in the process of referring the incident to the IPCC.

"Every officer is accountable under law, and fully aware of the scrutiny that their actions can be held open to. The decision to use force is made by the individual police officer, and they must account for that."

The short video, which was reported to police this afternoon, shows the woman and the officer shouting at each other before he hits out.

An IPCC spokeswoman said: "The IPCC has been made aware that the Metropolitan Police Service will be referring an incident to us following footage which has come to light this afternoon.

"As soon as we get the referral, we will look into it and decide the best way to progress an investigation into the actions of the officer involved."

Earlier the IPCC said it remained hopeful that fresh CCTV footage would help piece together Mr Tomlinson's final moments.

Investigators are trying to trace the 47-year-old newspaper seller's movements around the fringes of angry demonstrations outside the Bank of England.

Mr Tomlinson collapsed and died from a heart attack after clashing with police officers at least once as he walked home across the City.

A Metropolitan Police constable caught on camera hitting Mr Tomlinson with a baton and pushing him to the ground has been suspended from duty.

A spokeswoman for the IPCC said there are a number of public and private CCTV cameras in the streets around where Mr Tomlinson died. She said an earlier statement by the watchdog's chairman Nick Hardwick that "there is no CCTV footage" may not be accurate.

The spokesman said: "From the outset it has been a main line of our inquiry to recover all CCTV from the Corporation of London and from all private premises in the area.

"This work is ongoing and involves many hours of viewing and detailed analysis."

Mr Tomlinson died as more than 5,000 protesters converged on the City of London on April 1 to mark the G20 summit in Docklands.

Amateur video footage captured by a New York fund manager emerged showing him being pushed to the ground by a policeman.

Other photographs have also come to light of Mr Tomlinson apparently remonstrating with officers in a riot van in Lombard Street up to an hour earlier.

Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said the images of Mr Tomlinson being struck "raised obvious concerns" over policing and the tactic of "kettling" demonstrators – penning them in – to prevent free movement.

Labour MP David Winnick has called on Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to make a statement about policing and said the latest footage strengthened his demand.

Mr Winnick, who sits on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said: "Not only the unfortunate death that occurred, but what I consider to be outright police brutality which in my view can in no way be justified."






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Old 04-15-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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Does anyone else think that the G20 protests were a "show" of sorts?
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Old 04-15-2009, 06:48 PM   #3
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Jaqui,
I really hope the newspapers get the video of the beatings dished out to the women caught in the 'ketteling' exercise - peaceful women got beaten silly by the Police, and yet, because they are the Police, women who have their hands raised in mercy and surrender got an absolute kicking.

The Police will never, ever get either my respect or co-operation ever again. The post sept 11th world is a sad, nasty facist world and I will play no part in enforcing its rules.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:06 PM   #4
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Hi Egg, apparently the youtube vid made a big hit this is how this evidence came about!
Nothing was said about this incident in the news when the other guy Ian Tomlinson i think hes name was was knocked to the ground by another policeman then a few moments later died from a heart attack!
It is clear in the video the woman was just stating her case be it shouting at the policeman but he then slaps her face then hits her round the legs with a baton!!!
This is blatant brutality and then they wonder why people are losing face with our police no wonder there i think!
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:10 PM   #5
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Hi humble janitor oh your so right!!!!
A nice article by Matthew Delooze points out exactly why and where this was taking place was so important to the powers that be.
Here is the link to Matt's article worth a read.
http://www.oneballradio.com/node/330
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:17 PM   #6
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Hi humble janitor oh your so right!!!!
A nice article by Matthew Delooze points out exactly why and where this was taking place was so important to the powers that be.
Here is the link to Matt's article worth a read.
http://www.oneballradio.com/node/330
Matthew is correct - they use symbology reversals to get our compliance. Thanks for the link, been looking for it today!

Jaqui - at the two minute mark in this video, a young girl is hit whilst holding her hands in the air by a Police 'man' with a baton.

That whole video needs investigating in my humble opinion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t244-zEENSs
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