Tomlinson assault cop directed by FIT?

It’s been taking a long time to wade through all the available material and make some kind of sense of it, so I’m a bit late going through the footage of the dog attack on Cornhill.

This took place around 7:16pm on 1st April, shortly before the deadly assault on Ian Tomlinson, and which involved several of the City of London dog handlers (D3, for example) also present when Ian Tomlinson is put to the ground.

But one thing of note is the apparent presence of ‘A’, the officer who later batons and pushes Ian Tomlinson. See the following pictures from each incident, and make up your own mind whether they are the same officer:

G20 Tomlinson assault cop at earlier incident?

Ian Tomlinson's G20 assault

Some basic notes

After the moment captured in the screengrab from the ‘dog attack’ video, officer ‘A’ (if that’s who it is) exchanges looks (and possibly words) with the blue-flashed hi-vis jacket-wearing officers to right of screen (suspected FIT cops), before moving off into the cluster of cops around the corner of Threadneedle Street and Royal Exchange Buildings. Some of those officers head down Royal Exchange Buildings in the direction of Cornhill, before the videographer gets distracted by the big build up of riot police to his/her left, who then charge round the corner into Royal Exchange Avenue.

The general make-up of the group heading down Royal Exchange Building (as opposed to the surge into Royal Exchange Avenue) appears to match up with the beginning of the ‘American tourist’ video – some riot police with helmets and shields, the balaclava’d up shieldless left-handed officer, suspected FIT cops and dog handlers.

If one considers that the ‘dog attack’ incident to the north end of Royal Exchange Buildings and the Tomlinson assault to the south are connected by a number of police personnel and a short period of time (ie that some of those at the ‘dog attack’ then dash down the path to the location where Ian Tomlinson is then assaulted, all in a short space of time), then it would appear that the police officer who actually batons and pushes Mr Tomlinson talks to or takes some form of instruction from one or more police officers in the blue flashed hi-vis jackets before moving off from the ‘dog attack’ incident – as do other officers in the group we see in the assault footage. This might indicate, we may speculate, some level of command or control.

(This is, I note again, only speculation. Perhaps there were a number of left-handed baton-wielding riot cops with no epaulettes, high cut hi-vis jackets, balaclavas, trousers tucked into their boots, Nato helmets and no shields running around the Royal Exchange area of London between 7:16 and 7:20pm on the 1st of April. Hopefully they will all be making formal statements to account for their own actions and to bear witness to what they saw.)

As the evidence is assembled and analysed it may well be possible to piece together not just a chain of events, but the reasoning behind it, right down to who said what to whom at what point.

It will not be enough for one cop to face punishment for his actions, when his actions were but a side-effect of a tactic, a strategy, a doctrine, a policy. Responsibility lies in the fist gripped around a baton, but also in the command centres and briefing rooms.

NB: The times on the pictures above are approximate. The YouTube uploader of the ‘dog attack’ video states that they are unaware of whether the 7:16 timestamp refers to the beginning or end of the film. The moment pictured comes 1′32″ into the video.

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11 responses to “Tomlinson assault cop directed by FIT?

  1. John Serpico

    You’re doing brilliantly with this stuff. There seems to be a lack of commenting but maybe that’s normal? Just wanted to say well done to you. You have my admiration and respect.

  2. Thanks for the excellent work you are doing on this Bris.

  3. Yes, very well done. We need more individuals like yourself. We are well beyond the initial phase of state control, that seemed to have its pivitol moment in 1984 (ironic!?) during the Orgreave Miner’s Strike, when Thatcher approved (and no doubt authorised) the orchestrated police brutality on working men (and women) and their communities. The Great British Democracy? Don’t make me laugh. How our nation can involve itself in the enlightenment of so-called dangerous countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan is hypocrisy essentialised. Welcome to the 21st Century.

  4. Cheers John, Nigel, Tony – but just to be clear, this is not the work of one person or one blog, it’s an ongoing, open project being undertaken by any number of people who have never met and don’t know each other, but who are connected by a desire to see justice.

    Anyone who wants to contribute can – just pore over the many, many images and videos available of the G20 protests, and keep looking for those officers who were present at the Tomlinson assault. If enough eyes are on them, then no police witness will be able to stay silent.

  5. On the channel 4 footage that first appeared “A” moves away after the attack on Mr Tomlinson and talks to a FIT officer. On their film, channel 4 refered to him as a senior officer. Just how much control did the FIT officers have on events unfolding around that time. Also in this dog bite video a cameraman appears at around 30 secs in. Anybody have any idea how his footage could be traced? He seems to get shoved back at one point by a FIT officer and also he seems to follow the officers as they move on from this point.

  6. On the channel 4 footage that first appeared “A” moves away after the attack on Mr Tomlinson and talks to a FIT officer. On their film, channel 4 refered to him as a senior officer. Just how much control did the FIT officers have on events unfolding around that time. Also in this dog bite video a cameraman appears at around 30 secs in. Anybody have any idea how his footage could be traced? He seems to get shoved back at one point by a FIT officer and also he seems to follow the officers as they move on from this point.

  7. hi bristlekrs.

    Its this video you have been watching.

    Check for the police van coming into view in nadia’s video because its the same van in the bankers video of tomlinson’s attack right in the back ground. both videos synchronise accurately.

    I think we should work together bristleKRS. please check out http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/17/italy.g8

    the genoa victims and their video forensics team have alot of resources you need. they also have expertise of extracting time-data codes from video evidence that helped convict 26 italian police last year.

  8. check out

    it took us 2 years, 50,000 euros, 2 lawyers, 2 video expert lawyers and 6 video forensic experts (something the IPCC does not have) to rebuild the Diaz timeline with 15 time-data codes making the backbone of ‘Supervideo Diaz’. it had another 18 videos visually synchronised.

  9. It is possible that genoa G8 supervideo crew could lend its expertise to rebuilding a supervideo g20 but it will need the co-operation of the family lawyers.

    However to do this will take time and alot of research before any timelines can be assembled.

    I really hope the IPCC use the same video forensic techniques used in the Diaz trial in Genoa and that the family are not put through the pain and grief of attempting to do it themselves.

    I doubt thought that the Genoa supervideo crew would be compatible with the IPCC so its for the lawyers to come together and work on the problem of synchronising videos to prove their case.

  10. think you find this first draft visual synchronisation interesting bristleKRS.

  11. Please email Boris Johnson (for what its worth) and also Vernon Coaker (Minister of State for policing, crime and security and Jack Straw (Minister for Justice). Their email addresses respectively are: mayor@london.gov.uk (by the way, Bozzer is also Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority), coakerv@parliament.uk and blackburnlabour@hotmail.com (Yes, Jack still uses a hotmail account!!)

    Flood their email In-boxes, please!!!

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