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Cleared Ian Tomlinson officer ‘has questions to answer’

By Margaret Davis

“Significant questions” remain about the behaviour of a police officer who was cleared yesterday of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, the police watchdog said.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission's deputy chairwoman Deborah Glass ordered that Pc Simon Harwood now face Metropolitan Police disciplinary proceedings in public.

Mr Harwood (45) was acquitted at Southwark Crown Court of the manslaughter of Mr Tomlinson in the City of London in April 2009. Mr Tomlinson's stepson Paul King called the verdict “a joke”.

Mr Harwood hit 47-year-old Mr Tomlinson with a baton and pushed him to the ground on the fringes of the G20 protests.

The father-of-nine walked 75 yards before he collapsed and died in hospital from internal injuries.

It can now be reported that Mr Harwood faced a string of allegations before he came across Mr Tomlinson. Ms Glass said it was “staggering” he managed to medically retire from the Met while facing disciplinary proceedings for an alleged road rage incident and was then later re-employed.

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