Officer under investigation over Ian Tomlinson’s death ‘should not have been working for Met’


ian-tomlinson1originally published: 5th July 2009

The policeman being questioned over the death of passer-by Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in April had been wrongly re-employed by the Metropolitan Police after leaving while facing a serious disciplinary charge.

Ian Tomlinson, 47, a newspaper seller who was not part of the protests, died shortly after he was pushed to the ground by the officer as he attempted to walk home from work. The officer left the force several years ago under a cloud, only to be re-employed once again because of failures in the vetting process.

He had faced a misconduct hearing in connection with an alleged off-duty road rage incident during his earlier term of employment, but instead retired on medical grounds, according to the reports.

However he rejoined the Met as a civilian computer worker despatching officers to calls and later applied to work as a constable with Surrey Police, where he worked for some time. He then successfully reapplied to transfer to the Met.

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