The trial of a police officer accused of killing newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in central London is due to begin today.
PC Simon Harwood said Tomlinson looked as if he was going to stay where he was forever
Pc Simon Harwood, 41, is set to appear at Southwark Crown Court accused of Mr Tomlinson’s manslaughter during the demonstrations in April 2009.
The 47-year-old, who was homeless, collapsed and died near the Royal Exchange Buildings in the City of London after being hit with a police baton.
He was caught on CCTV and in film captured by police and members of the public falling to the ground and then staggering away.
Mr Tomlinson eventually collapsed and died minutes later.
Father-of-two Harwood, from Carshalton, Surrey, denies manslaughter.
Mr Tomlinson’s death became an international controversy after New York businessman Christopher La Jaunie handed footage he had taken of a police confrontation to the Guardian newspaper.
CCTV images, police helicopter footage and hand-held video recordings show Mr Tomlinson cutting a lonely figure as he staggers away from a police cordon after being hit with a baton.
His widow has said the death devastated her family, adding: “I remember feeling he was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
PC Simon Harwood on trial over death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson in G20 riots
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