Monday, July 23, 2012

P.C. Simon Harwood; U.K. Without "admirable determination" of Tomlinson family cause of death would still be "natural causes." Observer editorial.

EDITORIAL: "A reformed, ethical police force is long overdue," published by the Guardian on July 22, 2012.

GIST: "If it were not for the admirable determination of the Tomlinson family, their lawyers, the campaigning charity Inquest and the video footage of a lay witness, the Crown Prosecution Service, the IPCC and the Metropolitan police would have succeeded in avoiding an investigation into Mr Tomlinson's death by suggesting that he had died of natural causes. As Deborah Cole of Inquest points out, the police watchdog's failure to treat the police version of events with "a healthy degree of scepticism" is detrimental to its independence and credibility. Poor evidence gathering, misinformation given to the family and the hiring of a discredited pathologist, Dr Freddy Patel, a choice that made it difficult for the jury last week to convict on the evidence before it, added weight to a belief that there is one law for the public and another for the police."

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