17/09/2012

Ian Tomlinson Death: PC Harwood To Face Disciplinary Hearing

PC Simon Harwood, the officer cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson at London's G20 protests three years ago, is due to face a disciplinary hearing.

Harwood, 45, of south London, will face a charge of gross misconduct after he struck the newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson shortly before he died.

Mr Tomlinson was hit with a baton and pushed to the ground while walking away from police lines.

An inquest in July said Mr Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed, but PC Harwood was acquitted of manslaughter.

After his acquittal, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) ruled PC Harwood should face the internal Metropolitan Police disciplinary proceedings in public - a first for Scotland Yard.

The gross misconduct hearing at Empress State Building, at Earls Court, west London, is expected to run for up to four weeks.

It will be overseen by a panel of three people, including a lay person and a senior officer.

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