The English police have beens struggling to explain a video by an American businessman showing a police officer attacking 47-year-old newspaper vendor, Ian Tomlinson, after denying that they had no contact with him. Now, a second autopsy has shown that Tomlinson did not die from a heart attack but internal bleeding. The officer is now under investigation for manslaughter.
It is hard to tell if Tomlinson was struck or shoved. From the angle of the video, it looks like the officer was ticked that Tomlinson was walking slowing and shoved him from behind. Yet, one can see his baton out after Tomlinson falls and witnesses say that he was both struck and shoved. The video would make for a challenging manslaughter case — though the denial of any contact will obviously work against the officer.
The officer has been suspended and is under investigation.
The second postmortem was conducted by Dr Nat Cary and the office released the statement that “Dr Cary’s opinion is that the cause of death was abdominal haemorrhage. The cause of the haemorrhage remains to be ascertained.”
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