originally by: The Independent
published: 19 June 2012
CCTV footage of a police officer shoving to the ground a newspaper seller who later died was shown to jurors today. The 47-year-old’s widow Julia and stepson Paul King cried as a film clip was played of a medical student trying to save Mr Tomlinson as he lay on the pavement with his eyes closed.
He collapsed minutes after being hit with a police baton and shoved to the ground by Pc Simon Harwood during the G20 protests in the City of London in April 2009.
Today jurors were shown footage of Harwood, 45, adopting a “strike” position with his baton as Mr Tomlinson stood with his back to him.
The footage showed Harwood among a group including dog handlers and officers in riot gear, pushing Mr Tomlinson to the ground. He was seen wearing a balaclava covering the lower half of his face as well as a riot helmet.
Mr Tomlinson, wearing tracksuit bottoms with a t-shirt over a long-sleeved top, was facing away from the group when he was pushed. A passer-by helped Mr Tomlinson, 47, back to his feet, and he was then seen walking away.