Howarth: Full-scale criminal investigation into G20 protest death needed

April 8, 2009 4:19 PM

David HowarthThe video which shows the man who died at last week's G20 protests in London being hit from behind by a police officer, has been described by David Howarth as "sickening".

Liberal Democrat Shadow Justice Secretary, Mr Howarth, who attended the protests to monitor police behaviour, went on to say: "This video clearly shows an unprovoked attack by a police officer on a passer by. It is sickening.

Mr Howarth went on to call for a criminal investigation to find out the facts of the incident.

"There must be a full-scale criminal investigation. The officer concerned and the other officers shown in the video must immediately come forward," he said.

"Questions must also be asked about the hyping up of the prospect of violence in the run up to the demonstrations. An atmosphere was created in which this sort of conduct became more likely."

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