“Briefing” the media

The Guardian covers the Met’s apology to the family of Ian Tomlinson:

The statement from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner of the Met – and an undisclosed financial settlement – marks an embarrassing climbdown by the force.

“I apologise unreservedly for Simon Harwood’s use of excessive and unlawful force, which caused Mr Tomlinson’s death, and for the suffering and distress caused to his family as a result,” said De Brunner.

The police statement apologised for not informing the family that Tomlinson had been assaulted by an officer and for issuing misleading statements in the immediate aftermath of his death, when the force said officers had come under a hail of missiles as they tried to go to his assistance – a version of events repeatedly questioned by witnesses who spoke to the Guardian.

It is good to see that the Met has apologised for its off-the-record briefings in this case.