Monday, July 2, 2012

Bulletin: Simon Harwood (6): He held his head in his hands after watching video, trial told. The Guardian.

STORY: "Simon Harwood held his head in his hands after watching video," trial told," published by the Guardian on July 2, 2012. Sub-heading: "Harwood saw footage of police encounter with Ian Tomlinson on TV and told senior officer: 'I think it's me,' court hears."

GIST: "On 16 April, after it had become clear the officer in the video was him, Harwood handed in a prepared statement to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. He described his actions on the day as "necessary, proportionate and reasonable" given the public order situation and said he had limited recollection of his "brief, almost momentary" interaction with Tomlinson. Williams (Harwood's superior) was asked at length by Mark Dennis QC, prosecuting, whether it was proper police procedure to strike or shove a protester who might be walking away from police lines. Williams said it depended on the situation. "It's very hard to answer a hypothetical situation," he said."

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