Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Second Tomlinson video indicts police

Channel 4 has new footage showing the baton attack on Ian Tomlinson, about 1 min into report.

Ian Tomlinson's fellow Standard seller said: 'they killed him, they killed him'

The police officer who made the attack above has now come forward.

10 'terror' arrests in Lancashire. Nothing like a terror raid to move the news agenda on. But to be fair this time it appears to be a fuck up. Showing secret documents to the world's press probably not sending out the right message. Of the raids themselves, in Cheetham Hill Manchester it sounded like an invasion - armed police marched down the street screaming orders, scary or what.

The charges for those detained? How about reading while being a Muslim.

And buried in the papers in a few months' time will be a little report pointing out that the persons arrested in that terror plot (probably given a name that encapsulate a fanciful scheme to bring mayhem to the UK) were in fact innocent, although one used the internet too much so we're having him.

BBC TV refuses to show Tomlinson assault video

BBC national TV news is refusing to show the video of Ian Tomlinson being attacked by the police on the basis that it is 'only London news'. Initially the BBC, like the rest of the broadcast and print media, dismissed the killing as a disconnected incident of a bystander collapsing inexplicably from a heart attack.

WTF - who are the right-wing idiots running the BBC?

How much shame do they want to bring down on the head of this once world-respected news organsiation?

Why is the BBC so scared of the truth - be it in Gaza or on our own doorstep?

Ring 03700100222 to complain.

See BBC's disgraceful performance over Ian Tomlinson killing at Leninology

Viva Palestina USA Gaza aid convoy to be co-led by Ron Kovic

Viva Palestina US: ‘We aim for $10 million in aid and 500 vehicles for Gaza’, say George Galloway and Ron Kovic

Fresh from the success of the Viva Palestina aid convoy which took over 100 vehicles to Gaza from Britain, George Galloway MP has linked up on his US tour with the Vietnam veteran and peace campaigner Ron Kovic to launch a similar, but bigger venture from the States.

Galloway announced the initiative at a 1000-strong meeting in Anaheim, South California, rounding off a packed-out, coast to coast speaking tour highlighting the Palestinian cause.

“There’s a new atmosphere in the US over Palestine,” says Galloway, “the phenomenal response to this tour demonstrates that.”

Ron Kovic, whose story was immortalised in Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, will be the co-leader of the convoy, which will form up in Egypt and make its way to the Rafah crossing and into Gaza.

Organisers are aiming for 500 vehicles and $10 million of aid.

“And what better day to head off,” says Galloway, “Than July 4 – Independence Day!”

The official homepage is here:

Not to be confused with this site, which is not connected to the convoy for rather lame reasons.

For further information contact Kevin Ovenden: 07983 360 874

Second post mortem into Tomlinson as G20 police run for cover

Too little too late from the police medics?

A second post mortem is to be held into Ian Tomlinson's death at the request of the IPCC.

We rang the City of London coroner's officer on Friday 3 April concerning delays to the first post mortem. When we asked if the longer the delay the harder it becomes to ascertain cause of death there was no reply.

The IPCC says it is still waiting for some of the officers in the video to come forward.

Police attacked Tomlinson at least twice

We pointed this out yesterday but good to see the media catching up

G20 death: 'riot police attacked him twice'

THE man who died at the G20 protests was shoved to the floor and hit by a police officer in two separate incidents, it was claimed this afternoon.

Investigators are studying video footage that shows Ian Tomlinson, 47, being struck from behind and hurled to the floor by a policeman in riot gear minutes before he died of a heart attack.

But a witness said today that the newspaper seller had been manhandled and “pushed and thrown” along by a police officer about 15 minutes before as he tried to get home past security cordons near the Bank of England. more at the Evening Standard

Ian Tomlinson: when the video is mightier than the lie

When video is a weapon. Re-posting this today as it seems appropriate.

If it wasn't for the camera this brave young woman would no doubt have been killed as she tries to stop Israeli soldiers firing on unarmed Palestinian demonstrators - which they do on a regular basis.

I've said it already but I'll say it again - The Ian Tomlinson video, and the weight of evidence that had already built up behind it, is a victory for surveillance in the hands of the masses, or a fund manager in this case!

On the police assault of Ian Tomlinson, Tory blogger Iain Dale says: "it's not what we expect from the British police force". Err, yes it is - get out more, or go on a demo and you'll find out what the British police are really like soon enough. Racist and sexist bully boys for the most part.

Visteon court order to be enforced Thursday 9 April 12noon - support needed in Enfield

A Unite official alongside convenor Kevin Nolan have flown to New York for a meeting today with Visteon management. The fight at the occupied factory is nearly a week old and as things stand the sacked workers are in a strong position.

The judge declined to imprison the convenor or deputy convenor at the court case on Monday but an enforcement notice will be served at the plant tomorrow (Thursday) 12 noon. It is not clear whether the negotiations in New York are connected with the enforcement deadline.

Whatever the case, the decison to support the union idea of leaving the plant before the result of negotiations is known is crazy.

Arguments are going on all the time among the workers, with many willing to go back on the decision to leave, unless negotiations bear fruit. There are some sharp discussions ongoing about the law and the police. If any of them thought coppers are there to help old ladies across the road the Ian Tomlinson case should set people thinking.

Workers continue to be overwhelmed by the support they are receiving. Commenting on a donation of food from Kurdish/Turkish socialist group Day Mer one worker asked: "Why are they giving us all their food?".

The plant is now on a heavy lock down as quite rightly they don't want any agent provocateurs wandering around.

Anyone who can needs to get down to the factory before 12 noon tomorrow when the heavy hand of the state may try to make a move. They'll have a hell of a job trying to get in though.

Now Met police chief Stephenson shows 'concern' on Tomlinson killing - that's nice

We've been waiting to hear from these two. So now Stephenson says the video 'concerns' him - although not for the same reason it concerns most fair-minded people - and he wants an inquiry. No explanation for the lies told by the police.

Still no condolences to the family from the nauseating Smith. Nothing, of course, about a full public inquiry or whether the case should be passed straight to the Crown Prosecution Service with a view to a trial of police officers.

Anyone want to open the betting on how long the commissioner and home secretary are going to last? Suspect we'll have to keep up the pressure to guarantee seeing the back of them sooner rather than later.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said the force fully supported an inquiry into the death.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is carrying out the inquiry, will examine the video footage showing Mr Tomlinson being pushed to the ground.

Sir Paul said: "The images that have now been released raise obvious concerns and it is absolutely right and proper that there is a full investigation into this matter, which the Met will fully support.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the inquiry needed to be completed as soon as possible. more at the Biased Broadcasting Corporation

Son of Ian Tomlinson says 'we want answers' - police and media in dock

Sky News report below on the videoed assault on 47-year-old Ian Tomlinson. It makes no mention of the fact that they repeated police lies and dismissed all those that offered alternative accounts.

See Gaza Solidarity's Live update page from the protests
In Firefox browser hit control-f (cmd-f on Mac) and a search field will appear at the bottom of the browser window. You can now search the web page for any keyword and step through the results. Don't use Internet Explorer much these days but sure its got a similar feature.

Paul King, 26, Ian's son, said he left his pitch selling the Evening Standard at Monument underground station at about 7:00pm.
"We want answers: why? Ian clearly had his arms in his pockets and back towards the police. There is no need for them to step in towards him.

"(The video) clearly shows that Ian did have an altercation. Now we can say, yes he did. Up until now it has been 'if'. But now we've seen it, we want answers."

Undated City of London Police handout photo of Ian Tomlinson, who collapsed and died from a heart attack during the G20 Bank of England protests

Ian Tomlinson: Trying to get home

The death is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The footage was reportedly shot by a fund manager from New York who was in London on business.

He said: "The primary reason for me coming forward is that it was clear the family were not getting any answers."

One of the protesters present, a law student called Peter, has told Sky News how he tried to help Mr Tomlinson when he collapsed in a side street.

"I looked up and saw a man in his late-40s stumbling along, he looked unable to walk properly," he said.

"He collided with a door, walked a few more steps and collapsed."

Along with a female friend they went to help. The woman, a third-year medical student, said: "It was almost as if he was clowning around.

"He smelt of alcohol and seemed happy, not distressed, but as we were talking he just stopped responding." She immediately started giving him first aid.

Mr Tomlinson was then rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Full Sky News report (mostly lifted from the Guardian)

Gotcha - Guardian video shows Ian Tomlinson assaulted by police

First posted 7 April 23:11 BST

From protesters and bystanders to the police - Gotcha.
From the video recordists, photographers, bloggers and tweeters to the Met: welcome to internet 2.0. Gaza Solidarity live update page from the protests
Exclusive footage obtained by the Guardian shows Ian Tomlinson, who died during G20 protests in London, was attacked from behind by baton–wielding police officer

Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the man who died at last week's G20 protests in London was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton–wielding police officer in riot gear.

Moments after the assault on Ian Tomlinson was captured on video, he suffered a heart attack and died.

The Guardian is preparing to hand a dossier of evidence to the police complaints watchdog. more

Protesters, and the writer of this blog was one of them, have been vindicated in very short order, although it will come as no consolation to the family of Ian Tomlinson.

The Guardian/Observer has been the only national paper to take seriously from the beginning the claims of police brutality by protesters.

More soon.

Video killing of Ian Tomlinson 'achieved order' says police federation

The revolting Smyth from the police federation on BBC Radio 4
this morning said death was 'a very small incident'

Forget the IPCC, we need a criminal investigation now. Who are the officers in the video? Who is the officer that hit him. Was there a policy of hitting below the waist as reported by protesters? Who made up the 'missiles' story? Did cordoning protesters for hours contribute to death? Why was the media allowed to spread confusion and downright lies?

The Guardian got the video from a New York fund manager who wanted to see what was happening first hand on the protests, according to BBC Radio 4. Not everyone fell for the nonsense coming from employers in the City, including my own - to hide your phone/ipod and walk with fear and suspicion, if you dare to go out at all that is.

As always the police federation provide us with an early, incoherent, outline of police defence, Radio 4 Today programme (7 April):

Some initial thoughts from Peter Smyth of the Met police federation which represents ordinary officers. No one from the senior police would speak to the BBC this morning. No one from the government either. I love this democracy thing - so responsive

Mr Smyth initially said he couldn't comment on the incident but couldn't help himself when it came to questions he wanted to have a go at answering.

'very small incident,

'It achieved order'.'

'confrontation mercifully quite small'

'Not clear who is part of the protest and who isn't.'

Davis gave the police a very soft time and it still sounded like premeditated murder

David Howarth MP who tried to liaise between protesters and police before the protests:

'It's the run-up preparation that's so crucial'

'Atmosphere to expect violence created in run-up'

'rain of bottles and missiles was jumped on by certain media outlets.'

accuses police of using 'spin'.