The Metropolitan Police has apologised “unreservedly” for the death of Ian Tomlinson, who was struck by a policeman’s baton at the G20 protests in London four years ago. He collapsed from the blow and died of internal bleeding. A top officer described it as “use of excessive and unlawful force”.
The Met has reached an out-of-court settlement with the dead man’s family while his widow Julia said the apology was “as close as we are going to get to justice”.
The police apology comes after years of campaigning over the death of the newspaper seller, who was making his way home when he got caught up in the protests.
An inquest into his death ruled it was unlawful killing. The policeman involved was acquitted of manslaughter last year and later sacked by the Met.