A West Mercia Police officer has been charged with the murder of Dalian Atkinson, the former Aston Villa striker who died after being Tasered near his father’s home in Telford in 2016.
The Crown Prosecution Service said the officer would be appearing in court in Birmingham on Thursday along with a colleague who has been accused of assault causing actual bodily harm.
Jenny Hopkins, from the CPS, said in a statement: “Following the death of Dalian Atkinson in Telford on 15 August 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised a charge of murder against a West Mercia police constable.
“A second police constable, from the same force, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH).
“Mr Atkinson’s family has been informed.
“This decision was made following a careful review of all the evidence presented to us by the Independent Office for Police Conduct following an investigation.”
The officers will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday afternoon after an appearance at the City’s magistrates’ court.
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Speaking on behalf of the family of Mr Atkinson, solicitor Kate Maynard, of Hickman and Rose, said: “Dalian’s family welcomes the decision to put the conduct of police officers before a jury but regrets that already more than three years have passed since Dalian died.
“They ask for their privacy to be respected and press for the criminal proceedings to progress without delay or obstruction.”
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