Thursday, 22 July 2010

Ian Tomlinson

Do they really think this is the best decision? It's so wrong it makes me feel physically sick. I accepted that Jean Charles de Menezes' killing was the result merely of terrifying incompetence, though I found the failure of Cressida Dick to resign incomprehensible. But that a man can be killed with such casual brutality and the officer responsible face only the possibility of some internal disciplinary action. How can anyone not be outraged by the utter contempt this displays?


  1. It is totally disgusting and let's not forget Harry Stanley shot dead for carrying a table leg.

    I'm sure I heard somewhere today that out of four hundred or so individuals killed either in police custody or at the hands of the police in the last forty years there has not been one conviction. Now that is a record that the apartheid era South African security forces would have been proud of.

  2. They've just covered it in the last five minutes of Question Time - Bob Crow puts the figure at a thousand deaths over the last fifty years without a single conviction.

    Sickeningly, the best we can probably hope for is that the family will take a relatively paltry sum from the Met in a civil case.

  3. yet another bloody police cover up. I'm sick of it, it's like legal criminality. One rule for you blah blah... It's not like there was no evidence either. Unbelievable.

    I really really hope that Ian's family get some justice (and therefore 'closure') soon. I don't think this one is going to go away any time soon.

    I hope that copper sleeps well tonight.

  4. In a civilised society the only justice would have been criminal charges - I don't know if that's somehow still a possibility but one way or the other I hope he gets what's coming to him.