Met apology over Tomlinson death

Thurrock Gazette: Ian Tomlinson's widow Julia said Scotland Yard's apology is 'as close as we are going to get to justice' Ian Tomlinson's widow Julia said Scotland Yard's apology is 'as close as we are going to get to justice'

Scotland Yard has apologised to relatives of Ian Tomlinson, who died after being pushed to the ground during protests in 2009, as it confirmed that an out-of-court settlement has been reached with his family.

The 47-year-old was hit with a baton and shoved by Pc Simon Harwood during G20 demonstrations in the City of London, and later collapsed and died.

The Metropolitan Police paid tribute to the pain that his widow Julia and family have "endured with dignity" since his death.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner said: "I take full responsibility for the actions of Simon Harwood on 1 April 2009. His actions fell far below the standard we expect from our officers. I accept the finding of the inquest that Mr Tomlinson was unlawfully killed.

"As the jury found, 'at the time of the strike and push Mr Tomlinson was walking away from the police line. He was complying with police instructions to leave Royal Exchange Buildings. He posed no threat'. Today, I apologise unreservedly for Simon Harwood's use of excessive and unlawful force, which caused Mr Tomlinson's death, and for the suffering and distress caused to his family as a result."

Julia Tomlinson said Scotland Yard's apology is "as close as we are going to get to justice" and said the family can "finally start looking to the future again".

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