A Scotland Yard officer accused of killing Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests is to stand trial at the Old Bailey. 47-year-old Mr. Tomlinson collapsed and died in central London on April 1 2009.

Pc Simon Harwood, a father of two, was bailed until October 17. When he appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court he was charged with manslaughter. District Judge Howard Riddle told Harwood: ‘Your case is sent for trial at the Central Criminal Court.’

The Director of Public Prosecutions charged Pc Harwood over the death after reviewing an inquest jury’s unlawful killing verdict.

Mr Tomlinson’s death became an international controversy after New York businessman Christopher La Jaunie handed footage he had taken of a police confrontation to the Guardian newspaper. Ian Tomlinson was struck to the ground when he got caught up in the crowds at the G20 protests. Footage shows Mr Tomlinson had to be helped up from the ground and then he staggers away from a police cordon after being hit with a baton.

There are many conflicting views on this case. Some believe as PC Harwood is a serving officer he shouldn’t be prosecuted. Others believe that as he is a serving officer he should be prosecuted to send a strong message to all serving officers that they are not above the law. Whatever your view a man lost his life by someone who had no right to take it.