Posts Tagged ‘G20’
Strange how evocative this little documentary is, when very little police violence is shown, there was much more.
It was a battle between people and the power of speculators
Analogous to the plight of Iraqis and Afghans.
From the youtube site:
A Film by Emily James and James Bayliss-Smith.
To read witness statements from people in the incidents shown here , go to www.climatecamp.org.uk and click on the ‘legal report’ link.
Wondering what the brains that directed the police actions had in mind?
The brains had months of planning, and presumably were guided by a need to ‘nip’ any revolution ‘in the bud’.
No doubt they dissuaded the bulk of the British people from taking to the streets in the vicinity of banking institutions.
But they won’t prevent further protests in the City of London. And the same Police malpractice has been going on for years when there are protests.
Will the death and subsequent inquiries alter anything? Unlikely.
And a three year wait for a verdict is a bit of an insult to justice.
Ian Tomlinson: three-year wait for G20 death verdict
Family of the newspaper vendor who died in G20 demo face long wait for justice, say legal experts
* Jamie Doward, Caroline Davies and Gaby Hinsliff
* The Observer, Sunday 12 April 2009
The family of Ian Tomlinson face a three-year wait for an inquest into his death, according to legal experts, who say that pressures on the coroners’ system are “frustrating the grieving process” for victims’ relatives.
The claim is likely to dismay critics of the police, who have expressed concerns about how Tomlinson’s death is being investigated. According to the first post-mortem examination, Tomlinson, a 47-year-old homeless newspaper vendor with a drink problem, died after suffering a heart attack while caught up in last week’s G20 protests. –more–
The IPCC is yet another Institution in the grip of our rulers. It’s response will be measured – the purpose to show justice has been done, and to insure that ‘people power’ can not gain a foothold.
The policeman on camera attacking Ian Tomlinson was very unfortunate, many many other police did just the same thing. Although discipline is the only correct action. He is still unfortunate, he did was he was programmed to do.
An autopsy was provided that Ian Tomlinson died of natural causes, and a cover up was the natural knee jerk reaction.
Just as the planners allowed a RBS bank next to the Bank of England to be unboarded with no police protection and suspiciously next to a concealed building site. Leaving five attackers and 28 photographers, and a police cameraman inside the bank. Maybe the perpetrators got a plea bargain by way of blackmail. “We’ll report you for the armed robbery if you don’t smash the windows.”
A real inquiry would question policing institutions, maybe the police should be made up of rotating citizens?
But the brains and the planners of the police response have tinges of guilt, they are aware of the state of society, how the bonuses go to finance contractors who go off to foreign lands to plunder and rape, which explains the heavy handed no compromise response.
G20 police officers may face multiple claims over brutality allegations
• IPCC says 120 complaints made against G20 officers
• Lawyers gather videos and photographs as evidence
* Paul Lewis and Afua Hirsch
* The Guardian, Saturday 11 April 2009
The Metropolitan police faces claims amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds if video and photographic evidence now under examination shows that officers launched unprovoked assaults on protesters during the G20 demonstrations.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had received 120 complaints relating to police actions at the demonstrations. Any civil action through the courts must be preceded by complaints lodged with the IPCC. –more–
Original picture from:
There is an article there too.
At Craig Murray’s site there is mention of the Charles de Menezes case:
Just as the security cameras in Stockwell station and on the train were “Not working” in the Jean Charles De Menezes case, I accuse the Police of subverting the video evidence.
It all goes to show how powerless we all are. Bloggers and readers know the truth, while the shady spin and spin around us. Only repression and fear is left.
Hard to see how we can ever find peace. We’ll have to await an Armageddon.
Craig Murray also has a post today on the terror chiefs resignation – not adding up – although he does not labor it as a distraction for the bad G20 police publicity that much:
The Metropolitan Police were under extreme criticism for their unprovoked killing of Ian Tomlinson.
So this morning, instead of the news headline being the disgraceful fact that the policeman who launched an unprovoked assault from behind on Ian Tomlinson has still not been arrested, the headline is that the police have saved us all from certain death.
Actually it takes a lot of courage to say the entire Bob Quick terror thing was a fabrication.
This is a Channel 4 interview with the head of the IPCC
Vodpod videos no longer available.
A pretty damning report on the IPCC, this is just the headline!
‘The worst of all outcomes’
Heralded as a force for change at its launch, the Independent Police Complaints Commission is out of touch, ineffective and takes the side of the police rather than the public, claims former member John Crawley … Guardian
In a football match in Portugal, an overexcited fan gets pummeled by the police (UNPROVOKED), then the crowd intervene on the fan’s behalf …
see the video
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This was posted at:
It would seem the police do not get hurt very much
Fighting the police and authorities is a very stupid idea.
HatTip to the commenters at:
Is the resignation of the UK counter terrorist Police chief a ploy to take the headlines away from the police mishandling of the G20 protests?
Was any sensitive info actually divulged?
Wouldn’t any photographer at no 10 be accredited, and be previously scanned by security?
And there is an official secrets act. Or might one of those photographers be an Al-Qaeda mole? Unlikely.
All the news headlines now, instead of targeting the G20 police, are focused on the anti terror police chief, and for those with no interest in current affairs, they might well think that justice has been done for whatever the hooplala was about.
Far fetched, paranoid, or a recognition of the brains behind running a country?
And to encapsulate the killing of two birds with one stone, a blogger shows the MSM:
Under the appropriate title:
Police chief’s blunder forces terror officers to mount ‘al-Qaeda’ swoops
Gerri Peev, Scotsman, Apr 9 2009
A major terrorism operation was launched last night after a security blunder forced police to swoop on suspects who sources claim have links to al-Qaeda. Sources said the raids, in the north-west of England, were brought forward after Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick was photographed clutching sensitive documents as he arrived in Downing Street. Hundreds of police officers raided addresses …
If you read the rest of the above excerpt you will see some terrorizing stuff; “a machinegun pointed right into his head”
Since this publication the counter terror chief has resigned.
So the psychological message is:
Police should not reveal their plans
At the best of times there must have been CCTV in the heart of the Financial area in the City of London.
Especially on the day of protests, and so near the Bank of England, with thousands of police on duty.
Granted, the assault on Ian Tomlinson was just one of hundreds or thousands on that day. But still wouldn’t / shouldn’t the CCTV footage have been scrutinised? By whoever was investigating? Well it was the City of London Police investigating, but no longer.
Well looking around the net, I see Craig Murray saying the same thing:
Let me be quite plain. I do not believe that there was no official footage of the police assault on Ian Tomlinson. Just as the security cameras in Stockwell station and on the train were “Not working” in the Jean Charles De Menezes case, I accuse the Police of subverting the video evidence.
So thank God for that American tourist – and thank God he went to the Guardian rather than to the Police. If unanswerable video evdence had not now been produced, what lies do you think we would now be being told? –Craig Murray–
On a separate post of Craig Murray:
While is it not al little strange that the police were unable to deploy anyone outside the Royal Bank of Scotland to prevent this massive crowd of, err, five people and 28 press photograpers from breaking the windows, but were able to pre-position a police photographer inside to video it?
There is a new video with extra footage of the police forming a line around Ian Tomlinson as he is laying motionless waiting for the ambulance (and maybe already dead).
Isn’t it a sign of the times? Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Gaza …
The innocent suffering the most. He was not even a protester!
To Finish with – to emphasis the injustice and mockery of justice – more of Craig Murray (An ex British Ambassador):
All of which leads me to resurrect this bit I wrote in a comments thread in reply to someone asking why I hadn’t mentioned the possibility of agents provocateurs:
There was a fascinating and drawn out scene outside the Bank of England yesterday when a distinct group of some thirty were attacking the police, one hitting the police with a long pole. Prominent was a group of young Asian lads.
I recognised them because I was crushed up hard for a good while against the same bunch of young Asians outside the Israeli Embassy a couple of months ago, where again they were being inexcusably violent.
The very strange thing was that, plainly from Sky’s overhead cam, the Police had the ability to isolate and snatch this group of obviously violent individuals, and the police would have had my support in doing so. But they didn’t.
So who are they?
The IPCC has ordered a second postmortem examination, which aims to provide medical evidence as to what caused the death of the newspaper seller. The first attributed his death to natural causes. Guardian
It would seem impossible not to see the bruises from the baton. Or the impact of the fall.
And just as it is known that the police made many unprovoked attacks, yet only this one will be investigated because of a death, so then the question, how many fudged Post Mortems go on?
There is no longer a rule of law, everything is discretionary.
And an investigation and disciplinary action on the police might allay public concerns of less chance for repeat behaviour but isn’t the same true regarding post mortems?
Can someone high up make a nod and a whisper, and a murder is made to look like ‘natural causes’?
And other witnesses speak of a previous assualt on him (Ian Tomlinson):
Met faces claims he was attacked TWICE by riot police
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:44 PM on 08th April 2009
Several of the officers captured in camera footage as Ian Tomlinson was struck with a baton and pushed over have also yet to come forward, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.
The news comes as witnesses claimed riot police targeted the 47-year-old on two separate occasions.
The newspaper seller was manhandled by an officer 15 minutes before a colleague was videoed striking him with his baton before shoving him to the ground, it was alleged.
Photographer Anna Branthwaite claimed Mr Tomlinson was pushed to the ground and struck twice with a baton by another officer.
He was then dragged to his feet by the policeman who continued to push him along the street, she claimed.
Minutes later, a passer-by captured footage of Mr Tomlinson being felled by a police officer’s baton. It is not clear if the same officer was involved in both incidents.
The fresh allegations against riot police came as Scotland Yard faced being engulfed by a deepening crisis over Mr Tomlinson’s death.
Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson said that the video images ‘raise obvious concerns’.
It was also claimed this afternoon that riot officers twice charged G20 protesters trying to help the man who died after being shoved to the ground by an officer.
A third-year medical student who gave first aid to Ian Tomlinson after he collapsed told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme how she stood over the stricken newspaper seller trying to protect him from rampaging police.
Lucy Apps told of the moment she spotted Mr Tomlinson lying in the street near the Bank of England.
The student said: ‘I saw him moving along but he was unsteady. He bumped into the edge of a doorway. He didn’t hit it very hard but he stopped and fell over.
‘I had him in the recovery position and someone phoned the ambulance. They told us to put him flat on his back.
‘I imagine they were about to tell us to do CPR but the police then charged the crowd again so I had to stand in front of him to stop him being trampled.
‘People were veering around him, so I went back to his side. Then the police charged again and began to force us away from him.
‘I refused to move and told them I was a medical student and that I saw him collapse, but they forced me away when I told them I didn’t know him.
‘The guy on the phone to the ambulance said to the police that the operator wanted to speak to them but the policeman refused and just moved us away.’
The revelations come after it was revealed the policeman who appeared to strike 47-year-old with his baton before shoving him to the ground, may face criminal charges. –Daily Mail–