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Third postmortem to be carried out on Ian Tomlinson | UK news | guardian.co.uk

A third postmortem examination is to be carried out tomorrow on the body of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died shortly after a police officer hit him from behind during the G20 protests on 1 April.

Lawyers representing a Metropolitan police officer who is being questioned in connection with the incident have appointed a third pathologist and requested that the City of London coroner allow the test to be conducted. The officer has been interviewed under caution on suspicion of manslaughter.

The coroner, Paul Major, has agreed to the third examination. It will be carried out in the presence of a fourth pathologist, who will serve as an observer for the police.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 05:06:48 PM EST
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New G20 protest footage shows moment Ian Tomlinson's head hit the pavement | UK news | The Guardian

Footage has emerged showing the moment Ian Tomlinson's head hit the pavement after he was pushed over by a police officer at the G20 protests.

The video also revealed fresh details about events leading up to the alleged assault on Tomlinson. It appears to confirm ­witness testimony that the 47-year-old showed no resistance to advancing lines of police in the moments before he was hit and pushed to the ground.

The footage was shot by an anonymous bystander on Cornhill, near the Bank of England. It was handed over exclusively to the Guardian and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is ­conducting the criminal inquiry into ­Tomlinson's death.

The four-minute video was shot with a high-quality camera between 7.10pm and 7.30pm on 1 April. There are several moments in the footage that capture Tomlinson, a newspaper vendor who had been attempting to get home when he was pushed over, wandering around the crowd. At no point does he appear to confront police or protesters in an aggressive way, or ­provoke an altercation.

Last night the IPCC attempted to secure a court order to prevent the broadcast of a truncated ­version of the film that appeared ­momentarily on YouTube. The truncated version was copied by Channel 4 News, which planned to broadcast it, before it was removed from YouTube. But a judge refused to grant the injunction.

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by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 04:20:56 AM EST
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