Police officers and Ian Tomlinson
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G20 death: Tomlinson 'was obstructive' - PC

A police officer accused of killing Ian Tomlinson hit him because he believed he was being deliberately obstructive, a court has heard.

PC Simon Harwood, 45, of south London, denies the 2009 manslaughter of Mr Tomlinson, 47, during the G20 protests.

He told a jury at Southwark Crown Court that Mr Tomlinson looked as if he wanted officers to move him away.

He pushed the newspaper vendor "firmly" after the baton strike but did not mean to push him over, he said.

June Kelly reports.

  • 02 Jul 2012