Some brief notes regarding the suggestion that the levels of violence directed at protesters were in any way due to 'lack of training' or 'inexperience' on the part of officers on the frontline: i. The officer suspended in relation to the death of Ian Tomlinson is a member of the Territorial Support Group. The officer suspended in relation to the alleged assault on Nicola Fisher (and another assault) is also a member of the TSG, and a sergeant. Both these TSG officers had concealed their shoulder numbers. ii. The TSG is a unit specifically tasked with public order policing. In the Met's own words: iii. Also heavily present at some of the most violent incidents were members of the Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT). FIT officers are exponents of 'harassment policing', which involves following, photographing, videoing and identifying political activists and others, on demonstrations, at home and at work. FIT officers seem to pride themselves on knowing the 'players'. At the assault on Ian Tomlinson, at least five FIT officers were in the immediate vicinity, including PCs Alan Palfrey and Steve Discombe, both extremely experienced officers and well-known to activists in London. After Tomlinson was put to the ground by the now-suspended TSG officer, one FIT officer came over to him and either prodded him with his foot or kicked him. No FIT officers came forward to make a statement to the IPCC until after the 'American tourist' video was released - any statements were only forthcoming after the credibility of the original police narrative was in tatters. In addition the 'Fisher hitter' TSG sergeant is also a former FIT officer. iv. City of London Police deployed dogs in a most violent fashion, using them not to clear areas but instead to attack non-violent individuals. The CoL Police itself notes that: v. Bronze Commander Chief Superintendent Alex Robertson (CoL) - with full operational control for the policing of G20 - was on the ground at Cornhill during the assault on Ian Tomlinson. CS Robertson's biography states that he has "over 29 years police service" and describes him as "an experienced public order and firearms incident commander." = So, notwithstanding that many police officers deployed during the G20 protests were no doubt undertrained, lacking experience in such situations, and even scared, such excuses cannot reasonably be applied to the most serious incident of Operation Glencoe - the death of Ian Tomlinson. Let's tot up who was present at the fatal Tomlinson assault: Senior commander on the ground Protest specialists of the FIT Intensively public order-trained dog handlers Riot-ready volunteers of the TSG So does that make it sound like an unfortunate accident, a tragedy, or the inevitable consequence of the ingredients thrown in the mix?