Ian Tomlinson assault – IPCC ‘wrong’ about no CCTV claim

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 14, 2009

Category: The War on Stupid

This entry was posted on
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
at
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Guardian – Police watchdog chief wrong to say no CCTV in area of Ian Tomlinson assault: This morning the IPCC initially stood by Hardwick’s claims. “Mr Hardwick said there was no available CCTV footage of the incident and we stand by that. Any footage that is available, whether taken by police or by the public, will be fully investigated as and when it becomes available,” it said. However, at 10.30am, after pictures were published showing cameras in the area, the IPCC changed its stance. “At this point, Mr Hardwick believed that he was correct in this assertion – we now know this may not be accurate,” the IPCC said in a statement. “There are cameras in the surrounding area.” The IPCC would not comment on why, almost two weeks after Tomlinson’s death and one week after it said its investigators had pieced together his last moments by looking at “many hours of CCTV”, Hardwick had been mistaken about the locations of cameras.

Tch. I’ve already pointed out that this is how conspiracy theories start out, haven’t I? Being thorough and attentive and observant is the simplest part of almost every role related to law enforcement. The public deserves better.








1 Comment

  1. Rwendland says

    The Register reports that "City of London police sent round an email this morning warning businesses not to delete CCTV footage." If true, two weeks to get around to this is hardly is fleet of foot in preserving evidence.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/14/ipcc_u_tu

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