Tomlinson inquest

Submitted by Matthew on 30 March, 2011 - 9:41

A jury inquest into the death of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson is finally underway, two years after he was killed during the G20 demonstrations in London.

A criminal enquiry previously ruled that Tomlinson died of natural causes. It did not press charges against the cop who, in amateur video footage from the scene, was clearly seen striking Tomlinson.

However, the primary pathologist in the case (Dr Freddy Patel) was later suspended for “deficient professional performance” in other, unrelated, cases, bringing his judgement in the Tomlinson case into doubt.

The inquest will cover the role of the police, pathologists and coroners in the investigations that took place after Tomlinson’s death.

Many, including Tomlinson's family, have accused authorities of a cover-up.

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