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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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