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Police officer guilty of misconduct over G20 death

A British police officer has been found guilty of misconduct over an incident that resulted in the death of a man during the 2009 Group of 20 summit.



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.

PTI

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