Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Thugs, Bullies and Murderers; but who's job is it to catch the Police in action?

I am incensed.
Last week I posted my thoughts on the "riot" and protests occurring during the G20 Summit in London and I made my feelings clear about my fear for the protester's safety. If you caught my last post (or want to check it out below) I said, "I just hope nobody gets killed" - when I said that, I was referring to rioters, taking things to far and being seriously harmed by disproportionately violent Police officers. I did not - although I'm sadly not surprised - expect an innocent by stander to be murdered at the hands of the very people supposedly in place to protect and serve them. If you followed the news coverage at the time 47 year old Ian Tomlinson, a Big Issue Seller, was reported to have died of an "unknown cause" during the Protests.
At the time Police were quoted as saying:
"It was not immediately clear what caused the man's death. Its was likely the man died from a medical condition, although that would not be confirmed until after a post-mortem." (Reuters)

The results of the post-mortem revealed that Mr. Tomlinson died of a heart attack, an incident the Police - until this week - had neglected to mention they may have had something to do with; had this vital piece of incriminating evidence not surfaced.

Watching this video, a few things are very clear:
Ian Tomlinson was not behaving in a threatening way.
Ian Tomlinson's hands were in his pockets and he was walking away from the Police. The Police made NO attempt to assist him once he had struck the floor with only his face and his chest to break his fall.

The Police claimed, their attempts to assist Mr. Tomlinson were hindered by "missles" and trouble coming from rioting protesters.
- THEY WERE LYING and it fills me with rage,

After being helped to his feet by another bystander Mr. Tomlison walked away and reportedly collapsed and died just a few minutes later. I've lost count of the number of times I personally have witnessed or experienced the long arm of the law strangling the civil liberty of innocent bystanders and using us as punching bags to vent their frustration. Yet again, my fears and anger towards these badged bullies is vindicated and tragically, once again, at the expense of ANOTHER innocent life.

This kind of "Policing" has no place in a civil society and severely damages the reputation of the few truly brave, honest and good officers out there. Sadly, the Police only have one name and as tarnished as it is they can not expect to be absolved while incidents like these are so frequent and so painfully unnecessary.

- Mr. Devo

Sources - Guardian News, Reuters

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