Police Abuse

London Police Settle with Family of Man Killed at Protest

Was struck by a baton and knocked down at a G-20 rally and died


London police apologized Monday to the family of a British newspaper vendor who died after an officer hit him with a baton during demonstrations against a Group of 20 meeting in 2009. The force said it had reached an out-of-court settlement with the family.

Officer Simon Harwood hit 47-year-old Ian Tomlinson and shoved him to the ground as Tomlinson tried to leave a cordon put up to contain protesters in London's financial district. Tomlinson collapsed and died moments later.

Scotland Yard said Monday a settlement had been reached that acknowledged the suffering Tomlinson's family has "endured with dignity" over the last four years.