I notice from my visitor logs that someone arrived here today after searching for PC Nick Jackson.
Jackson, you may remember, was one of the cops right by Ian Tomlinson when he was beaten to the floor by TSG officer PC Simon Harwood at the 2009 G20 protests in London. Before his name became known I gave him an alphanumeric label (‘T3’) as I did with other police officers seen in video footage and still photos in order to better track their movements throughout the events surrounding the Tomlinson assault.
He was even called before the Tomlinson inquest last April – that’s two years after the G20 and all that happened there – to give evidence.
Curious as to the reason for the sudden interest in Jackson I reread the transcript of his inquest appearance.
In doing this I was quickly reminded of how easily Jackson became flustered under the mildest of prodding form cuddly QC Mr Matthew Ryder, who took him by the hand through his original witness statements.
Having originally claimed that Ian Tomlinson was some sort of threat to the assembled riot cops and attack dog handlers, Jackson was under the gentle coaxing of Mr Ryder forced to back-pedal, as this sequence from the end of his testimony shows:
- Q. Other than the fact that Mr Tomlinson wasn’t actually moving as fast as you would like him to, he didn’t personally present to you in any threatening way, did he?
- A. No, Mr Tomlinson wasn’t a threat.
- Q. Mr Tomlinson wasn’t a threat?
- A. Wasn’t a threat, no.
- Q. You see, can I just come back to one small point we were mentioning earlier, which is about distinguishing between people?
- A. Mm-hm.
- Q. If you don’t distinguish between different types of people, then you don’t distinguish, as we heard, between someone who could be disabled or someone who is just trying to make their way home and innocently caught up in the middle of something. An older man, for example, moving slowly, trying to get home?
- A. Yes.
- Q. I don’t think anyone would dispute that was Mr Tomlinson’s position?
- A. No.
- Q. I suggest to you, Officer, if we are not careful about discriminating between different types of people, then there is a danger that, by treating everyone as a threat, you could be attacking the very people you are there to protect.
- A. Possibly.
It would seem our Jacko is not an exemplar of common sense, reasoning, consistency or level-headedness under pressure.
But in light of the puzzling interest in the Level II-trained Fulham and Hammersmith constable, I googled him to see what he had been up to recently…
And lo, it seems that the G20 shenanigans – fatal assault right in front of him included – has not dimmed Action Jackson’s willingness to mix it up in hairy public order situations.
Last November a PC Nick Jackson received not one but TWO awards “for courage and professionalism” he showed during “serious disorder” at both the TUC march (M26) and at unspecified “student protests”.
But could this really be the same Fulham & Hammersmith PC Nick Jackson who witnessed two shoves, a dog bite and a baton strike on an unarmed, middle-aged man who, by the officer’s own admission, posed no danger to police, and might have been incapacitated or otherwise disabled?
The same PC Nick Jackson who despite seeing Ian Tomlinson brutally felled offered no assistance?
The same PC Nick Jackson who crumbled under the polite probings of a lawyer at an inquest?
It would, after all, beggar belief that Hammersmith & Fulham borough commander Chief Inspector Lucy D’Orsi would send a flaky doughnut-botherer like the G20 Jackson into the front line of anything too lively, given his lead feet and fast-unravelling Tomlinson testimony… Wouldn’t it?
So we must assume two cops in Fulham & Hammersmith share the same name and rank – it’s the only thing that makes sense.
In which case, perhaps CI D’Orsi could refer to her two Nicholi differently; Jacksons Minor and Major, maybe?