If the police officers who witnessed the assault on Ian Tomlinson will not come forward voluntarily, then we ourselves must drag them into the public arena

Tonight I have been working through all the photographs and video of the attack on Ian Tomlinson that was witnessed shortly before his death.

I have taken as many screengrabs as possible, and attempted to identify what officers were in the shot at any one time. So far, we are told, just four officers in total have come forward. As these pictures show, there are at least eighteen police officers close enough to see what happened last Wednesday on Royal Exchange Buildings by Cornhill.

I hope that these pictures might help jog the memory of someone – anyone – who was in London that day. Perhaps you took a photograph of a policeman whom you think you recognise here – a photograph which is clearer, perhaps even showing a number on an epaulette or a helmet. Please do check through your pictures and compare them with these.

Or maybe you weren’t in London on the 1st of April, but you happen to recognise a relative, or an acquaintance from your local, or a neighbour. If you do, please don’t just leave it be.

If enough people – ordinary people, people like us – take the time and trouble to hold those responsible (through their action or their inaction) for the death of Ian Tomlinson, force them to come forward and be held accountable, then we might – just might – help prevent this happening again, only next time to your father, my mother, our friends, our loved ones. Don’t leave it to the IPCC.

Anyway, here are the pictures.

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (1)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (2)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (3)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (4)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (5)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (6)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (7)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (8)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (9)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (10)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (11)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (12)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (13)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (14)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (15)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (16)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (17)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (18)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (19)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (20)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (21)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (22)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (23)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (24)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (25)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (26)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (27)

Witnesses to G20 Ian Tomlinson assault 1/4/9 (28)

Some caveats:

  • I cannot guarantee that I have accurately tracked each individual officer, but I have tried my best. The low angle in particular makes it difficult to judge depth, and the Guardian film in particular tracks what is going on to Ian Tomlinson, not the police milling around in the background. I have tried to use the still photos and the Channel 4 News footage to guide the identification by context.
  • To try and make things easier, I have batched together different types of police officer – see the key below for more details.
  • Where civilians cross the shot, I have mostly left them out of the identification process, except where they have a direct involvement in the incident.

Key:

  • A = The police officer who actually assaults Ian Tomlinson (1)
  • C = City of London TSG (riot) officers (1)
  • D = City of London dog handlers (5)
  • F = Officers wearing hi-viz jackets with blue flashing, which is associated with the Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT cops) (5)
  • T = Metropolitan Police TSG (riot) officers (though they might be Level 2 trained regular police, they are wearing riot gear) (3)
  • U = Unidentified uniformed officers (3)
  • IT = Ian Tomlinson, the man who died after being clubbed and pushed to the ground by police
  • AE = Alan Edwards, who witnessed the attack and helped Ian Tomlinson to his feet (I assume that this is Alan Edwards based on his actions captured on camera, which match the actions ascribed to him in subsequent newspaper interviews)
  • UW = Unidentified witnesses, who come into contact with the other principals

Source material:

PS I appreciate that is a lengthy post. After a few days I intend to replace most of the photographs with a link to a Flickr album, where I will archive all of them, plus the originals from which they were taken.

33 responses to “If the police officers who witnessed the assault on Ian Tomlinson will not come forward voluntarily, then we ourselves must drag them into the public arena

  1. The FITwatch blog has posted that two Forward Intelligence Team officers present at the assault of Ian Tomlinson have been identified.

    They are named as Steve Discombe CO2558, “a full time public order officer from New Scotland Yard”, and Alan Palfrey EK127, “a part time FIT copper from Camden”.

    From an inital comparison of pictures, I believe that the officer I have labelled above as ‘F1’ may be Alan Palfrey EK127. Steve Discombe CO2558’s name also came up in a previous blog post.

    I shall go through properly tomorrow and have see if I can confirm.

  2. I have a picture of F1 from earlier in the day wearing a different jacket not the FIT style one with blue flash!? Also on flickr there are some clear pictures of the city dog section which i think shows D2 D3 D4 search for suburbanslice who posted them. Also in your 19th image i think you have used F1 instead of T1 on one of the officers. hope this helps in some way if i find anything else I’ll let you know keep up the good work.

  3. Thanks for the feedback and leads, very helpful. I’ve corrected picture 19 (should have been T3 not F1, I had a meltdown!).

    You were right about suburbanslice’s Flickr, lots of recognisable dog handlers there (I’ve already found some hi-res pics of CoL dog handler D3 elsewhere, seems to have been popular with the photographers for some reason).

    I shall put some kind of a spotters’ guide of all the officers I’ve labelled later for ease of identification purposes.

    If the police won’t police themselves, then we, the citizens, must police them.

  4. C1 is officer 204. I have a sequence of him rushing and attacking an innocent photographer moments before the attack on Ian Tomlinson. The officer then turned for me – but noticed I was taking loads of photos of him…

    I will look through the rest of my photos tonight and update. Great work.

  5. For the spotters guide.” D3 “the obvious thing is his dog! and also the bandella/pouches/holster style thing he is wearing. I have also noticed the style of jakcet “A “was wearing is very different to all the other jackets being worn it seems to be waist length were as all others seem to be calf length be aware of this feature when looking through other pictures and vids on the web.

  6. Good spotting Colin that seems to be a positive ID

  7. T1 is wearing some kind of pin/badge on his right breast also worth looking out for in other pictures from the day.

  8. Also note how F4 has has his jacket open and shows the Police velcro patch possibly to be straight across his chest where as other fit officers have theirs to the left of their chest.

  9. Many thanks itsafitup and Colin – I’ve just posted up a brief précis of how I’ve identified each officer, where they were at what time, what they could have seen and other points of interest.

    I intend to supplement this with photo galleries of each officer – both from here and elsewhere – to help build up a better picture of each for identification purposes.

    Do we trust the IPCC to do this honestly, competently, justly?

    I don’t think we do.

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  13. I think I’ve also managed to get decent photos of all of the Dog Handlers, D1-D5. http://tinyurl.com/d4tn7p

    There are two (D2 & D5) that are easily confused, however based on my times stamps and individual shots, they are defo’ two different cops, only one has glasses, the other has a slight moustache/stubble.

    There are a few clear ID badges, some I’m afraid are not so clear.

    Good luck peicing this together – let me know if you need anything else, I’ll be more than happy to help.

  14. That’s brilliant, thanks for that – some very clear pictures there. Hopefully we can make sure no one wriggles out of their responsibility.

  15. F1 is Paul Alfey, F2 is Steve Discombe

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  17. After viewing the Hi Res picture on Flickr I can confirm that F4 is Steve Discombe.

  18. Have a search on flickr for. g20 police actions-1579
    g20 police actions-1581
    I think these give a good face shot of U1
    notice the black area on the right shoulder.
    This guy seems to be “city of london”

  19. U1 appears to be City traffic officer.

    “T = Metropolitan Police TSG (riot) officers (though they might be Level 2 trained regular police, they are wearing riot gear) (3)”

    They’re Level 2s, you can see they have two letters on there epaulettes, possibly FH, Hammersmith.

  20. WARN – do you have a link to that Flickr image? I don’t think I have seen any particularly clear shots of F4 yet, certainly not showing the shoulder number or face clearly.

    Thanks itsafitup, excellent spot.

    And thanks, Jason – good eyes!

  21. Doesn’t look like Discombe to me:

  22. That’s a good pic there, Jason, I haven’t seen it before, where’s it from? Is it from Royal Exchange Avenue Buildings/Cornhill?

    Looking through the pictures above, that looks like it could be ‘T2’ and ‘F3’ as labelled in this pic:

    https://bristle.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/iantomlinsondifftangle.jpg?w=500&h=330

    [‘F3’ and ‘F4’ move around a lot in amongst the ‘T’ group (which you most probably correctly identify as Level 2s), but judging by the bags under the eyes and the position behind what looks to me like ‘T2’ (relatively short, possibly female, balaclava pulled up to or over the bottom of the nose) I would tentatively say that looks more like ‘F3’ than ‘F4’.]

  23. Sorry, it’s F3 (the one WARN said was Discombe on their website/Indymedia), not F4 (the one with his jacket open).

    It was taken on Royal Exchange Buildings, clipped from Micha Theiner’s photo in last Thursday’s Guardian. They printed the same photo today, but smaller.

    (Royal Exchange Avenue goes from Threadneedle Street to Finch Lane)

  24. Aha, I’m with you, cheers.

    I suspect that I may have made one or two mislabellings between ‘F3’ and ‘F4’, but I will address them in due time – I think you’ve nailed it with the jacket collar open/closed point.

    [Have edited my earlier comment to minimise any confusion over the location.]

  25. Any info that can be gleaned from this video?

    I think this must be just prior to the assault.

    Do’nt give up the search.
    He who searches most finds most.

  26. Looking at the back of F3’s helmet he appear to have three characters on it, as in the TSG, rather than two for a borough officer.

    Examples:
    G20 - Riot police storm squat
    G20 protests

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  28. Hey guys –
    Someone is trying to slur my name, by setting up a FAKE ‘colinmcquillen’ flickr account – they are making derogatory comments on my G20 photos in my name…

    If anyone spots any ‘strange’ comments by a “colinmcquillen” please let me know at the following address:

    cmcq@blueyonder.co.uk

    many thanks,

    TwoThumbsFresh
    (The REAL Colin McQuillen!)

  29. Sorry to hear that, Colin – I shall keep on eye out.

    And thanks again for putting your pictures out there!

  30. Just found this – excellent work. Are any “journalists” (you know, those people who investigate stuff to protect our freedoms) following this up?

    PS: mind if I steal a few pics?

    Cheers

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  33. What a first class coward, his testimony today does not at all reflect what hppened, funny thing is those other cowards did nothign to help Ian.

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