A police officer has been found guilty of the manslaughter of former professional footballer Dalian Atkinson.
PC Benjamin Monk tasered Mr Atkinson for 33 seconds, more than six times longer than the normal cycle, before kicking him at least twice in the head during a confrontation in August 2016.
Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court took more than 18 hours to reach unanimous verdicts on the manslaughter charge against Monk. They cleared him of Mr Atkinson’s murder.
Jurors are continuing to deliberate over an assault charge for Monk’s colleague PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith.
The 48-year-old former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town striker had been shouting in the street in the early hours of the morning on August 15 outside his father’s house in Telford, and was demanding to be let in.
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