In response to the comment by former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair in today's Guardian, Ian's widow Julia Tomlinson said:
It is totally shocking. I can't believe that he thinks what happened to Ian has to happen to someone else. Can't the police learn lessons and change?
Assaulting an unarmed citizen walking away from the police is not a method of crowd control and can never be acceptable to the public. What needs control is the police officers. It's no wonder that the Mayor got rid of him. We hope that the current commissioner will distance himself from his comments.