The big story of the day is without doubt the Guardian's 'scoop' of the video showing a policeman knocking Ian Tomlinson to the ground only minutes before he collapsed from a heart attack and died. I hadn't seen the video until I went to Sky last night to do the paper review.
I know in these situations one shouldn't prejudge until the IPPC reports its findings, it is difficult to see how anyone could be anything other than revolted by the pictures. It's not what we expect from the British police force. Mr Tomlinson was not involved in the G20 protest. He was trying to go home after working on his newspaper stand. He wasn't abusing the Police, he wasn't doing anything wrong.
There are slight echoes of the de Menenzes case here. At that time the Police issued a statement very quickly, citing supposed facts (Police could see wires, he vaulted tube gates), which were later shown to be completely untrue. The same thing happened here. They stated as a fact that Mr Tomlinson had had no contact with the Police before his sad demise. This was clearly wrong.
It's always easy to overreact to video footage like this, and one shouldn't judge a whole police force by the actions of one officer. But when those actions lead to tragic consequences, the truth cannot just be swept under the carpet.
So, what now? The IPPC inquiry should take its course. But two things should happen today. The officer concerned (and they will, by now, know exactly who he is) should immediately be suspended. And secondly we need to hear from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Mayor of London with their thoughts.
Mr Tomlinson's family say they want answers. They deserve nothing less.