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.