UK police on trial for murdering former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson

UK police on trial for murdering former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson

Prosecutors allege that Police Constable Benjamin Monk used a stun gun for 33 seconds against Dalian Atkinson — more than six times longer than was standard. British prosecutors accused a police officer of murder Tuesday for allegedly using unnecessary force against a Black former Premier League football player, who died after being kicked in the head and shot with a stun gun. Dalian Atkinson, 48, a former Aston Villa star, went into cardiac arrest on the way to a hospital and died around 90 minutes after officers used a Taser on him to subdue him during an altercation in 2016. Prosecutors allege that West Mercia Police Constable Benjamin Monk, 42, used a stun gun for 33 seconds against Atkinson — more than six times longer than was standard. Authorities charged Monk with murder and manslaughter after a three-year inquiry. Monk’s colleague, Police Constable Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 31, is also facing trial charged with assault. The two appeared at Birmingham Crown Court Tuesday for the start of their trial. Both officers deny wrongdoing. The case has touched off a debate about …
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