(BIRMINGHAM) Crown Court Report: Unnamed police officer has been charged with the murder of retired footballer Dalian Atkinson after he died after being tasered and a second unnamed officer charged with assault causing actual bodily harm: Both are bailed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Nov.07: The ex-Aston Villa striker, 48, was restrained by police officers at his father’s house in Telford, Shropshire, on 15 August 2016: A second police officer, also from the West Mercia Police force, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm: Both were bailed after appearing at Birmingham Crown Court BBC News reports. Dalian AtkinsonGetty ImagesDalian Atkinson played for Aston Villa, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday

Jenny Hopkins from the CPS said: “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: “Criminal proceedings against the two police officers are now active and they have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Case Notes:

  • The defendants have not been named in this press release. This is due to our clear understanding that lawyers representing them will apply to the court for their clients to remain anonymous. This judicial decision will be taken in due course
  • Jenny Hopkins is Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division in the CPS
  • Police Constable A has been charged with the murder of Dalian Atkinson on 15 August 2016 in Telford, Shropshire. He has also been charged with unlawful act manslaughter as an alternative offence. An alternative offence is a lesser offence that a jury may consider if it first finds that the more serious charge has not been proved
  • Police Constable B has been charged with assault causing Actual Bodily Harm

#AceNewsDesk reports ………………Published: Nov.07: 2019:

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