Well someone who wasn't intoxicated would probably have had good enough reactions to take their hands out of their pockets and brace themselves for the fall.
The fact the Tomlinson died surely meant that either GBH or ABH charges couldn't be made, effectively meaning they had to try him for manslaughter?
I don't know that much about the case and I absolutely think that what he did was terrible, but....
Have you seen the multiple videos of what he did? And did you read the details of all his previous misdemenours? Sound like a nice guy to you?
Surely those at the trial are in a better position to decide that.
Its a fucking disgrace, That cunt is guilty. Why does the misconduct need reviewing? There's a fuck ton of video evidence. And his sordid past which sheds light on to the kind of bullying cunt character he is. Hope he gets done over one night off duty.
Spare a thought for Tomlinson's family who watch a video of Ian getting brutally pushed over by Harwood, know Harwood has a sordid history for bullying / violence / abuse of power and then see the guy walk off scot free back into his paid job at the Met.
Don't forget the cops who fucked over Rodney King got off without charge...I wasn't at the trial but again - I didn't need to be to know it was a miscarriage of justice - the thing was captured live on video.
26 seconds in...totally unprovoked, needlessly violent and led to the death of man who wasn't even in the protest. Perpetrated by a man with a history of abusing power.
a) The jury weren't informed of his previous misdemeanors, as is required under UK law.
b) He was an alcoholic and more likely to fall than may be expected.
c) experts were unable to come to a definitive conclusion about whether the internal bleeding that caused his death was caused by Harwood.
If he was accused of assault, ABH or GBH It'd be an open and shut case, but proving beyond reasonable doubt that he caused of the death of Thomlinson apparently was a bridge too far.
Ironically those such as yourself baying for his blood probably played a part in his not receiving a custodial sentence on a lesser charge.
But like I said, it doesn't stop him being a total twat.
As for b) him being an alcoholic - did you see how hard he got pushed? After being twatted on the back of the legs by a baton? Dont think you have to be a pisshead to go down hard after that. Plus hands in pockets means you cant protect yourself against a fall.
It's just galling that he wont get any criminal charge brought against him and will most probably keep his police pension.
And you are actually right - you cant prove beyond reasonable doubt that his push ultimately killed Ian...just like you (they) couldn't prove beyond any reasonable doubt that those LA cops who beatdown on Rodney King caused his death. But that's the nature of our legal system for better and for worse.
In my eyes though - in both cases, I've seen videos of OTT police brutality ultimately leading to a loss of life and both without any justice for the families of those whose lives were taken. Which is pretty sad to be fair.
As for Rodney King, I think there were plenty of other things that contributed to his death 21 years after the fact.
But again, don't let anything I say leave you in any doubt that I abhor what Tomlinson did. That just shouldn't mean we can by-pass the judicial process and fuck him up.