PC Simon Harwood will face criminal proceedings

Good.

A police officer will face trial for manslaughter over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests.

PC Simon Harwood, 43, a Metropolitan police officer, will face a criminal prosecution for striking Tomlinson with a baton and pushing him to the ground in April 2009.

Maybe he hit him and maybe he didn\’t. Maybe his hitting him led to his death, maybe it didn\’t. Maybe hitting him and killing him was justified and maybe it wasn\’t.

And now we\’re going to find out. For that is the function of a trial and of a jury.

We currently don\’t know the answers to most of these questions and that\’s what we have this whole system of justice for.

So yes, of course there should be a trial.

6 comments on “PC Simon Harwood will face criminal proceedings

  1. Well, I dunno. I’m no fan of the Filth, you know, but manslaugher seems a bit steep. He only pushed the man over, after all.

  2. Faith in juries will be so immeasurably increased by the manslaughter verdict on the chappy yesterday.

  3. This fellow should be locked up already for the things he’s done – road rage and so on. It’ll all come out after he is convicted. I don’t care that “proceedings are active”, he was an ‘effing disgrace in a bully’s uniform before he got anywhere near Mr Tomlinson. There is the public disciplinary hearing to look forward to as well.

  4. Except what many people don’t remember is that the process is a punishment in itself. Going to trial with the threat of prison is hell for most people.

    Those who serve in uniform deserve our trust and support. Even when they don’t really. Politicians should not play silly buggers with their lives for a few cheap headlines. If they do wrong, by all means, prosecute. But serving soldiers should not face hostile questioning from coroners without damn good cause and policemen should not be facing manslaughters charges because the Guardian wants them to.

    There needs to be a certain bar reached before prosecution. That should be higher for police officers doing their duty and even higher for soldiers. It is simply not good enough to say a trial will sort it out when a trial itself is a serious form of punishment.

    Nor can they be trusted. See Private Clegg.

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