Appearing at Southwark Crown Court today, PC Simon Harwood showed no emotion as he stated his plea of “not guilty”.
Ian Tomlinson’s relatives gasped from the public gallery as PC Harwood denied the charges.
Mr Tomlinson, a 47-year-old newspaper seller, collapsed and died as he passed through the demonstrations in central London on 1 April, 2009.
His wife Julia wiped tears from her eyes during the hearing today, while Tomlinson’s stepson Paul King muttered “No” to Mr Harwood’s response. PC Harwood’s wife Helen sat through the 20 minute hearing, showing no emotion.
PC Harwood was charged over Mr Tomlinson’s death by the director of public prosecutions (DPP), after a review of an inquest jury’s verdict of unlawful killing.