G20: Ian Tomlinson died of an abdominal haemorrhage

Dodgy pathologists, police cover-ups, letting the police investigate themselves, the officer who hit him being off sick (still not named publicly either)… is something good going to come out of all this?

Oh, the Met says soz, btw.

Wow, that first pathologist, Dr Freddy Patel is obsessed with coronary heart disease as the cause of violent death.

Update from The Guardian on the second post-mortem:

Today the City of London Coroners Court released the following statement:

“On 9 April 2009 HM Coroner for the City of London opened and adjourned the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson. In so doing he received evidence of identification and the provisional findings and opinion as to the medical cause of death, from a report prepared by consultant forensic pathologist Dr F Patel, instructed by HM Coroner to conduct the post-mortem examination. The pathologist’s final opinion must await the completion of additional tests.

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G20 protests: Climate Change Camp

UPDATE from The Guardian 05/04/09:

The man who died during last week’s G20 protests was “assaulted” by riot police shortly before he suffered a heart attack, according to witness statements received by the Independent Police Complaints Commission

Mr Tomlinson, a married man who lived alone in a bail hostel, was not taking part in the protests. Initially, his death was attributed by a police post mortem to natural causes. A City of London police statement said: “[He] suffered a sudden heart attack while on his way home from work.”

But this version of events was challenged after witnesses recognised the dead man from photographs that were published on Friday.

Aside from the 30-something man who apparently died of natural causes while being ‘kettled‘ (and, upon release, photographed and had their details taken, or else back into the kettle – why?), what on earth happened at the peaceful and quite fun climate change camp on Bishopsgate??

From this (4pm-ish, see the green ‘Nature Doesn’t Do Bail-Outs’ banner?):

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Almost 300 arrested at march on Republican convention

On the opening day, about 10,000 people demonstrated, calling for an end to the US-led Iraq war.

One group splintered off and became confrontational and sometimes violent.

Some protestors smashed the windows of retail and bank buildings while others challenged police by blocking roads and damaged five police cars, local newspapers reported, quoting officials. Dozens were pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed.


Best way to get the point across? Probably not.

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