Into serious mode, I fear. The above clip is of the G20 protests in London on the 1st April this year. The clip shows a man being shoved to the ground by police. The man is named Ian Tomlinson and is in fact nothing to do with the protest. Tomlinson is seen to be attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton–wielding police officer in riot gear He is a newspaper vendor and aged 47. Tomlinson died shortly after.
The video footage and various witness statements constituted something of an embarrasment to the Metropolitan Police who had previously been spinning that Tomlinson had pre-existing health problems and that his family were not surprised by his death. A Dr Freddy Patel (below) conducted the first post-mortem and concluded that Tomlinson had died of a heart attack. The BBC has claimed that he did not meet the criteria for Home Office Pathologist status. The coroner who chose Patel has consistently refused to say why he was selected. But it gets worse ...
Following the video clip above entering the pubklic arena the normally obliging (to the powers that be, that is) Independent Police Complaints Commission took the investigation of the Tomlinson death out of Metropolitan Police hands and authorised a second post mortem. The second post mortem established that Ian Tomlinson died - not from a heart attack - but from internal bleeding.
Armed with this information, did the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) launch a prosecution against the identifiable - and identified - police officer who attacked Ian Tomlinson?
The CPS explained as follows: it could not bring a charge for assault because too much time had elapsed. A charge must be brought within six months. No such restriction applies to a charge of manslaughter. So why not prosecute for manslaughter on the basis that the officer's unlawful act caused Ian Tomlinson's death?
Because of the conflict between the findings in the first and second post mortems is the answer.
Patel's report found that Tomlinson had died of a heart attack, remember. No prosecution would follow. This is newish Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer's equivalent to his predecessor's de Menenzes moment. The family of Ian Tomlinson were deepy upset and angry as may be imagined.
But what do we have in the news today? Patel - the man whose findings were relied on the CPS in deciding not to prosecute 'acted in a way that amounted to misconduct during two earlier post-mortem examinations and his fitness to practise is impaired'.
So there will be no prosecution on the basis of this idiot's 'findings'. A modest proposal to the DPP: why not prosecute for manslaughter on the basis of the second post mortem, give away Patel's report as unused material and let the defence use him if they are - erm - so advised? Here is a picture of Keir Starmer for purposes of identification should any reader bump into him and cares to make this helpful suggestion.