Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Death film may exist

LONDON (Reuters) - The police watchdog probing the death of a man during anti-G20 protests in London said on Tuesday its chairman had been wrong to say there was no CCTV film of the incident and that such footage might indeed exist.

The day after Ian Tomlinson died of a heart attack after becoming caught up in demonstrations near the Bank of England, the chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission appeared on TV to say cameras had not recorded the incident.

"We don't have CCTV footage," Nick Hardwick told Channel 4.

The IPCC now says that assertion was wrong.

"At this point Mr Hardwick believed that he was correct in this assertion -- we now know this may not be accurate. There are cameras in the surrounding area," the watchdog said in a statement.

So there might be some CCTV cameras operating in the City of London? Well, who'd have thought? It seems an unlikely place to have that sort of thing, which is probably why the chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission was so sure that there was no CCTV footage of the events that he went onto a national news broadcast to say so.

Ok... Glad we cleared that up.

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