Q: What happens to Citizen A?
A1: If it were you or I, no doubt we'd be banged up in jail.
A2: But if Citizen A is a body-armoured, weapon-carrying, riot cop... he gets away with murder, for over a year.
One year after their loved one was slain by unprovoked police assault, the family of Ian Tomlinson, their friends and supporters mourn his death with a vigil at the location where he died.
A1. Remembering Ian: Julia Tomlinson, widow, Paul King, son
A2. Killer Copper in Broad Daylight – 01 Apr 2009
B1. No Justice for Ian
B2. Awaiting Ian's Family
C1. "A Moment of Memorial" (video still)
C2. "Let Us Hold Silence" (video still)
C3. The Flowers of Remembrance (video still)
C4. Tears, and Hugs of Consolation (video still)
C5. "The Strength To Support Each Other" (video still)
C6. "No Justice, No Peace" (video still)
C7. Exit, Stage Right
M1. In Loving Memory
M2. Ian Tomlinson – No. 1
M3. No Justice, At Any Time
M4. Candles in the Wind
• Ian Tomlinson Vigil – 1, 2, 3, etc.
» LINKs to follow shortly once editing and uploading is complete
» LINKs to follow shortly in a comment below, once editing and uploading is complete
• 'Police assault on Ian Tomlinson at G20', by The Guardian
» video, 2:02 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoGMnSUaq8Q
• 'Remember Ian Tomlinson', by Imcist
» pix & report – http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/4574
• 'Remember Ian Tomlinson', by PostFactMedia
» video, 2:25 – http://london.indymedia.org.uk/videos/4575
OTHER MEDIA COVERAGE
• 'Ian Tomlinson family waits for answers one year on from G20 protests', by Paul Lewis, guardian.co.uk, Fri 26 Mar 10
» article – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/mar/26/ian-tomlinson-g20-protests-anniversary
• 'Ian Tomlinson', coverage in video and articles at guardian.co.uk
» news coverage portal – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/g20-police-assault-ian-tomlinson
• Death of Ian Tomlinson
» article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Ian_Tomlinson
KILLERS ON THE LOOSE
There are killers loose on our streets, and they are well known to the police – because they are the police.
One year after a body-armoured, weapon-carrying, killer-in-uniform assaulted and killed our brother Ian Tomlinson, an innocent bystander caught up in the police assault on G20 protesters, his family are still waiting on official British justice.
"A year is a long time. Seasons come, and season to go. We have gone through summer, and autumn, and winter, and have returned to spring. We ask for support and care for Julia and the family. In a year of waiting, in a year of missing, in a year of longing, we pray for their friends and family to support them in their loss and grief. We pray that they may have the strength to support each other."
~ Rev. Phil Summers, Tower Hamlets Methodist church
"No Justice, No Peace"
~ Prof. Chris Knight, G20 Meltdown protest organiser
"[Director of Public Prosecutions] Keir Starmer has let us down personally. Why did he say there would be a decision around Christmas? Why are we still waiting? My kids need to move on from this. They're left without a dad now and their lives have been turned upside down over the last year, especially the four girls. He doesn't seem to realise the pain we're going through. We feel like there was a cover-up from day one, and we didn't see it because we were nervous about the police. Now a year on it still feels like all of that is still going on. If it had been someone on the street, a civilian, who had pushed and hit Ian just before he died, and it was all caught on video, surely something would have happened by now. The officer needs to go before a jury. Let them decide what should happen to him."
~ Julia Tomlinson, widow of Ian Tomlinson
CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE – ZERO CREDIBILITY, SO FAR
On the same day as the vigil, the family, friends, and supporters of justice for Ian Tomlinson had a letter published in the Guardian, which reads as follows.
• A year on, we still wait for answers about Ian Tomlinson's death
• The Guardian, Thursday 1 April 2010
» letter – http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/apr/01/ian-tomlinson-wait-answers
It has now been one year since the tragic death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in the City of London on 1 April. While we appreciate a fair and thorough investigation takes time, Ian's grieving family has been left in limbo for a year waiting for a full explanation about the circumstances of his death. There is now very real concern as to whether the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) proposes to charge anyone in respect of the assault and death of Ian.
The CPS has been in possession of the provisional Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation findings since August 2009. We understand that these findings, at least in part, will provide the basis for a decision on whether to prosecute anyone for Ian's death. We also note that the director of public prosecutions said in a Guardian interview (21 September 2009) that he hoped the CPS would reach a decision "within a few months".
Delays in the investigation and charging decisions increase the suffering for families of victims leaving them unable to gain closure and move on with their lives. Families are greatly concerned not to prejudice the process and are therefore effectively silenced from expressing their views publicly about the death of their loved one. They are desperate to ensure any potential future legal proceedings are not undermined nor an excuse found to abandon any cases that might be brought. The Tomlinson family has endured a year of public scrutiny unable to respond to questions about Ian's death, with little they can do but wait for the outcome of a decision. The delay however is now intolerable.
The policing of the G20 protest caused widespread public concern around use of excessive force by police officers. Proceedings against many protestors arrested on the day, as well as a number of reviews and investigations into the events of the day, have all been concluded. In the case of Ian Tomlinson, there is a heightened need for the statutory investigating body to be seen to be carrying out justice in a robust, transparent and timely manner to address public confidence. One year later the public, like the Tomlinson family, are still left with unanswered questions about how and why Ian died at the G20.
In the absence of any updates from the CPS, we have growing concerns about the investigation into Ian's death. There has been a complete lack of communication and transparency about the delay into concluding the investigation into Ian's death that calls the CPS's credibility into question.
As we have already set out, we do not wish to prejudice any investigation or potential proceedings but believe that either a decision or public explanation is due. We call on the CPS to fulfill its public duty regarding the investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson.
Julia Tomlinson, Ian Tomlinson Family Campaign
Estelle du Boulay, Newham Monitoring Project
John McDonnell MP
Dr Caroline Lucas MEP
Jean Lambert MEP
Bob Crowe, RMT
Mark Serwotka, Public and Commercial Services Union
Shami Chakrabarti, Liberty
Deborah Coles, Inquest
Vivian Figueiredo, on behalf of the family of Jean Charles de Menezes
Samantha Rigg-David, on behalf of the family of Sean Rigg
Penny Green, professor of law and criminology, King's College London
Samantha Patterson, sister of Jason Mcpherson
Terry Stewart, The Friends of Blair Peach
Jenny Jones, Green party Metropolitan Police Authority member
Peter Herbert, Society of Black Lawyers
Cllr Duwayne Brooks, Liberal Democrat for Downham Ward
Pete Firmin and Andrew Fisher, Labour Representation Committee
Darren Johnson, Member of London Assembly
Frances Wright, Camp for Climate Action
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Pragna Patel, Southall Black Sisters
Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Women Against Fundamentalism.
Christine Shawcroft, Labour Briefing
David Rosenberg, Jewish Socialists' Group
Patrick Ward, United Campaign Against Police Violence
Estella Schmid, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities
Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya, sociology and public policy, Aston University
Councillor Romayne Phoenix, London Green party campaigns co-ordinator
Joseph Healy, Green party regional councillor for London
Andy Hewitt, co-chair of the Green party trade union group
Teresa Delaney, co-chair of the Green party trade union group
Frances Webber, human rights lawyer
Harriet Wistrich, solicitor at Birnberg Peirce
Ronan Toal, barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Hossein Zahir, barrister, Garden Court Chambers
David Watkinson, Garden Court Chambers
Anya Lewis, Garden Court Chambers
Richard J Harvey, Garden Court Chambers
David Emanuel, Garden Court Chambers
Yasin Patel, 25 Bedford Row Chambers
Rajiv Menon, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
Professor Mick Ryan, former chair of Inquest
Zoe Mercer, When No One is Watching Campaign
Dr Emma Williamson, Research Fellow, Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol
Professor Phil Scraton, Queen's University, Belfast
Dr Sacha Darke, senior lecturer in socio-legal studies and criminology, Department of Social and Historical Studies, University of Westminster
Mohan Ambikaipaker, University of Texas
Yasmin Khan, War on Want
Camilla Graham Wood
Doctor Sheila Preston
Jack Gordon Harris
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