Witness: Ian Tomlinson obeyed police orders, walking home

It appears as though just as the G-20 protesters weren’t the only ones with crazed and violent members. The story of Ian Tomlinson is highly disturbing because he was a newspaper seller who only wanted to go home after work. The Guardian has a map and time line of his path courtesy of the CCTV cameras in the area along with footage of his final minutes before Metropolitan police struck him and sent him to the ground. Tomlinson died of a massive heart attack minutes later.

What a way to treat someone who went to work and was trying to mind his own business.

Alan Edwards, 34, from Derbyshire said he rushed to Mr Tomlinson’s aid because he was worried the officers would continue the violent attack. “I didn’t know what they were going to do to him,” he said. “I couldn’t just leave him there.”

Edwards said he had been trapped inside police cordons around Cornhill, near the Bank of England, for about six hours when he first saw Mr Tomlinson. “I was stood on the corner, and basically they’d pushed [Tomlinson] around. He was saying: ‘I want to go home. I live down there. I’m trying to get home.'” Mr Tomlinson was obeying police orders to move up the street, Edwards said.


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