Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the G20 protests in London, the aggressive police kettling of the protests and the police killing of passerby, Ian Tomlinson.
So here we are, one year on, and no one has been charged yet for Tomlinson's killing.
However, a British judge has today cleared a police officer of assault on April 2 at a demonstration called to protest the death of Ian Tomlinson. Guy Aitchison has posted the video of the police officer's attack on Nicola Fisher, with helpful comment, over at OurKingdom. Paul Lewis and Mark Tran have an account of the judge's reasoning.
I fear the verdict will send a chill down the spine of everyone thinking of going on a protest. The police can do this, and its legal.
How should we respond?
One thing we can do is support the Tomlinson family in their call for people to join them tomorrow in remembering Ian's death and calling for justice.
In the words of the Ian Tomlinson Family Campaign:
PLEASE JOIN THE TOMLINSONS IN LAYING FLOWERS AT THE SPOT WHERE IAN DIED THURSDAY 1ST APRIL 11:00 am
AT CORNHILL BY THREADNEEDLE STREET, LONDON, EC3V (BANK TUBE)
PLEASE ARRIVE AT 10:45 SO THAT WE CAN OBSERVE A MINUTE'S SILENCE AT 11:00