By George Monbiot, guardian.co.uk
Why do our paranoid, anti-fun police seem to think they run the country?
Morality policing here is starting to rival Saudi. At protests and festivals, we need to reassert the right to gather in public spaces
This Thursday a year will have passed since Ian Tomlinson died after a police assault at the G20 protests. No charges have been brought against the police; no one has been punished. Despite 300 official complaints about the policing of the protests on 1 April, and plenty of video and photographic evidence, no officer has faced serious disciplinary proceedings. Those who removed their identification numbers, beat up peaceful protesters and bystanders and then repeatedly lied about what had happened remain untroubled, either by the law or their superior officers. There has been no apology to Tomlinson’s family.