We all have been trying to write about Ian Tomlinson and finding it difficult. Partly because I’ve already written many of the things I want to say, partly because there is already some excellent commentary on what happened, but also because I have no interest in adding to the torrent of liberal outrage.
My problem is one of anger, not just at the decision by the CPS not to charge Simon Harwood, the cop who killed Ian Tomlinson, but anger that our response never goes beyond liberal outrage. Social networking sites and the media are full of angry people, but their anger never materialises on the streets.
Time and time again the cops kill people and get away with it, but we don’t fight back. The decision not to prosecute, whilst sickening, was not shocking – why should we expect anything less? Coming five years after the police murdered Jean Paul de Menzes, why would this case be different?
There has been a rush to blame various bodies and people, and they are all to blame in one way or another. The failure of the CPS to bring even an ABH charge is abhorrent – even if they had been within time to bring an assault charge it would have been a clear mockery when the injuries and nature of attack are so clearly compatible with an ABH charge.
However, it was the police who killed Ian Tomlinson, it was the police who tried to cover it up, and it is the police, from the thugs on the ground, to those who gave the orders who should be the focus of our rage.
G8 and G20 summits across the world have seen repression, from the bloodied streets of Genoa to recent events in Toronto. Every time a summit comes to town, basic freedoms and rights are disregarded in order to protect the global elite.
It’s time to wake up –these institutions do not exist to protect us but to subjugate us. They give us enough to believe we live in a free and democratic society whilst protecting capital and those who defend it. What is the use of having rights if the state determines when and where we can exercise them? We are given the right to protest when we’re no threat, but refused the right to even assemble when it’s most critical.
These are not rights, they are an outrage. This is not the time for words. It is the time for action.
After being told there would be no charges Paul King confronted Keir Starmer with these words:
‘ YOU GET BACK TO YOUR MILLION POUND HOUSE.THIS DECISION DOESN’T MATTER TO YOU. BUT WE HAVE TO GO HOME NOW AND WE DON’T HAVE A DAD. AND BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU’VE DECIDED WE’RE NEVER GOING TO KNOW WHO SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS DEATH’
Ian Tomlinson (WAS MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD) on April 1st 2009 after being attacked by a policeman during the G20 protests in London. He was walking home from work and had nothing to do with the demonstrations. A few short moments later he collapsed and died of his injuries.
The police immediately attempted a cover-up which fell apart after footage of the death leaked to the media a week later, as well as thousands of other images of police violence against the British public.
Since then, the police, the so-called Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) & the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and other state agencies have been allegedly investigating the death.
Their conclusion? The killer PC Simon Harwood will not be charged with any offence.
A limited period of time is set by the British legal system of six months to bring charges to court. The only course of action to take after this period without the backing of the British legal system is to bring a private legal case which would cost the Tomlinson family millions. They are an ordinary working family and have no access to the finances needed.
The lesson? The police internationally are there to enforce the law, not to abide by it. They are happy to kill and cover-up their crimes. The British state believes this and all other cases of police killings such as the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes will be forgotten and ignored because the victims are poor.
It seems there are clear grounds to arrest Keir Starmer for ‘ the obstruction of justice’ and we should make an attempt to do so on Friday.Certainly there are clear grounds for arresting PC Simon Harwood on manslaughter charges. He is currently lounging st home on full pay in Carshalton so posing as a pizza delivery man might do the trick. Of course anyone arrested while trying to citizens arrest either criminal would be able to argue the justness of their case in court – something neither Starmer or Harwood would be very keen on.
DPP is at ROYAL COURT 2 SOUTHWARK BRIDGE SE1 9HS
The Times reported that the killer PC Simon Harwood was in fact ‘roaming freelance from his TSG Unit’. In other words he had a taste for blood. No policeman has been found responsible for the death of a civilian in Britain in last 50 years.
What Gramsci said was that our ideas need to become the accepted ‘common sense’ ideas rather than those of the ruling class.Normally most people consider our ideas not to be common sense – to be loony leftie. Occasionally our ideas will coincide with most peoples idea of common sense……..like now.
Over the last few days and in all of them the line is…
’If that’d be the other way round the cops would have…’ So now’s the time to stick that spanner in the works and lever away at their disconnect and our opportunity. Already Ian Tomlinson’s death is yesterday’s news – the press has moved on to John Venables etc etc.
But we still have the opportunity this Friday to make our commonsense reappear – to make Ian Tomlinson’s death centre stage again. We must not let this one lie.
It’s not too late to give his family some solace by the passionate and ferocious nature of our response.