I’ll just let this stand by itself. Here is the police statement regarding the death of Ian Tomlinson during a protest in London last week. Remember, this is the official police statement of exactly what happened.
Wednesday 1 April 23:36pm
A member of the public went to a police officer on a cordon in Birchin Lane, junction with Cornhill to say that there was a man who had collapsed round the corner.
That officer sent two police medics through the cordon line and into St Michaels Alley where they found a man who had stopped breathing. They called for LAS support at about 1930.
The officers gave him an initial check and cleared his airway before moving him back behind the cordon line to a clear area outside the Royal Exchange Building where they gave him CPR.
The officers took the decision to move him as during this time a number of missiles – believed to be bottles – were being thrown at them.
LAS took the man to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Directorate of Professional Standards at both the MPS and City of London Police have been informed. The IPCC has been informed.
The Guardian has very kindly made the following footage available for embedding. The man in the grey t-shirt is Ian Tomlinson.