@ AC re Riot Police
"Those rioters were wrong in the first place, right?"
They weren't Rioters.
There were a small minority who were causing trouble, but the vast majority were people who feel they had a genuine grievence.
The problems started when the Stazi decided to use "Kettling" which basically means surrounding the protesters, closing in on them from all sides and not letting then move for 6 hours.
And at all you Fuc*tards who say he got what he deserved, watch the video, that is an assault, pure and simple.
There can be no defence for someone who is supposed to uphold law and order behaving like that.
The police are trained to cope with provocation so it doesn't matter what the guy did or said.
If he needed to be arrested, then the officer should have used the proper procedure, which normally involves walking up to the guy, getting hold of him and slapping the cuffs on.
If he resists, you and the dozen friends around you, use pressure points to subdue him and get him to a position where you can control him.
Twatting him across the back of the legs with a metal baton, shoulder charging him in the back, then running away so you can't be identified must be a new addition to the Police operations manual.
I'm not saying the copper definitely killed Ian Tomlinson, that is for a coroner to decide, but I am saying the officer assaulted him.
The police can only work with the cooperation of the public and if this guy isn't at least charged with assault we have just proved that we haven't moved on from the dark days of the SPG and Blair Peach in 30 years.