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Published on Apr 7, 2009
Ian Tomlinson assaulted from behind by riot police at G20 Protest in London.
Ian Tomlinson, a 47-year-old who worked in a newsagents, died at in London during the protests. He was on his way home from the shop when he collapsed in St Michael's Alley close to the junction of Birchin Lane and Cornhill at 7.30pm.
Although the Guardian reported the death on its front page, almost all the coverage elsewhere ignored it completely or concentrated on a version of events that suggested that the police's only connection with Tomlinson had been to try to rescue him from a baying mob of anarchists. The police were "pelted with bottles by a screaming mob" (the Mirror) or "pelted with bottles as a medical team tried to revive a demonstrator" (Mail). Tomlinson had died "after being 'caught among the mob'" (Telegraph). The BBC TV night-time news the following day made no mention of the death in its main bulletin.
In actuality, the police hit him with a baton and pushed him from behind even though he was walking away from them with his hands in his pockets.