London: A British police officer has been found guilty of gross misconduct over an incident that resulted in the death of a man during the 2009 Group of 20 summit in London.
Officer Simon Harwood hit 47-year-old newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson with a baton and shoved him to the ground as Tomlinson tried to leave a cordon put up to contain protesters.
Tomlinson collapsed and died moments later.
Harwood was tried and acquitted of manslaughter in July, but today a police disciplinary panel said his actions amounted to gross misconduct.
Defence lawyer Patrick Gibbs said Harwood accepted the ruling.
The panel declined to consider whether Harwood`s actions had contributed to Tomlinson`s death.
Tomlinson`s widow and two stepsons walked out of the room saying "Whitewash" as the hearing ended.