"I have long argued that the giving of offence, and even hate speech, should be a moral matter but not a matter for the criminal law. That is as true on the football pitch as on the streets. We should always challenge racism. We should also always challenge attacks on liberties in the guise of faux antiracism." Kenan Malik

Vigil For Ian Tomlinson: Police Who Kill Should Be Prosecuted!

Norfolk Community Action Group will be holding a dignified vigil outside Norwich Bethel Street Police Station in solidarity with the family of Ian Tomlinson on Saturday the 24th at 12 noon.

The despicable decision by the Director Of Public Prosecutions to bring not one charge against the police officer who attacked Ian Tomlinson in London while walking home from work, must be fought against.

We support fully the Tomlinson family campaign and the following statement by Inquest

“Today’s decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to bring any criminal charges over the death of Ian Tomlinson follows a line of previous decisions when police conduct has resulted in death or serious injury and no charges were brought.

Ian Tomlinson died on 1 April 2009 in the context of a heavily-policed and high profile demonstration that generated significant public interest. The failure of the Independent Police Complaints Commission to initiate an independent investigation until seven days after the death, on 8 April 2009, led to the potential for the loss, suppression and/or distortion of crucial forensic evidence in the ‘golden hours’ following Mr Tomlinson’s death. This repeats a pattern in previous contentious deaths following police contact where the death has not been treated from the outset as a potential homicide. INQUEST believes there should be an inquiry into the role of the City of London Police, the coroner, the pathologist and the IPCC, who have all played a part in ensuring no charges were able to be brought.”

How many more ordinary working people going about their daily business must die at the hands of the police and the police officers responsible are found to be immune from any prosecution?

Norfolk Community Action Group call on all well-wishers of the Tomlinson family and all Norwich groups and Trade Union branches along to show their solidarity in what we plan to be an escalating and uniting campaign until justice is finally won.

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