Above is a picture of PC Alan Palfrey (shoulder number EK127), taken at the Saturday 28th March anti-G20 march, as published on the FITwatch blog. I have cut out enlarged portions of the original full-size picture to make some details more easy to notice.
As you can see, he is wearing a hi-viz jacket which, whilst not bearing the usual Forward Intelligence Team blue flashing over the chest, does still bear the FIT blue colours in the checker board pattern running along the bottom edge, in the cross hatching over the fluorescent strips, and on the panel over the back (visible over his left shoulder).
You can also see the distinctive facial hair he was wearing just four days prior to the deadly assault on Ian Tomlinson: a neatly trimmed ‘Van Dyck’ or Colonel Sanders-type combination of moustache and some kind of goatee.
Take note also of his glasses, which are also clearly visible in the other, earlier, undated picture of Palfrey (see right – also taken from FITwatch). In that picture it is also easy to see how he appears to favour a particularly tight knot in his tie.
Now consider these pictures from the assault by a Metropolitan Police TSG constable on Ian Tomlinson on 1st April. They are enlarged extracts from various pieces of video footage and stills photographs of the incident, focusing on an individual officer labelled in recent posts as ‘F1’:
This whole post is based on the lead provided by the FITwatch bloggers, who named PC Alan Palfrey as one of those FIT officers present at the Ian Tomlinson assault, so full credit to them.
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