Tuesday 27 July 2010

Met Police announce disciplinary proceedings against officer

The family of Ian Tomlinson have welcomed the announcement today by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson that the officer who struck Ian Tomlinson before his death will face disciplinary proceedings.

Jules Carey of Tuckers Solicitors said

"The family of Ian Tomlinson welcome the announcement of Sir Paul Stephenson that PC Harwood will face disciplinary proceedings for gross misconduct. There is provision in the Police Conduct Regulations for misconduct proceedings to be held in public if it is in the public interest. There is an overwhelming argument in this case that the proceedings should be held in public. The family will be looking carefully at what the charges are, the timing of proceedings and whether they are open to the public.

Paul King said "if the officer faces disciplinary charges now, does that mean he could get away with not facing charges for the death of our dad if there is an unlawful killing verdict at the inquest? I can see how it would look nice for the police if the officer turned up to the inquest in his civilian clothes".

He added "I like to thank all the people who have sent us messages of support. It has really lifted us up and given us strength to keep going"

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