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Footballer, 48, died after being shot with a 50,000-volt Taser in Telford, Shropshire.
Benjamin Monk, has today been convicted of manslaughter but cleared of murder in the first case of its kind in the UK.
He is believed to be the first British police officer to be found guilty of unlawfully killing a member of the public while on duty since 1986.
BREAKING: PC Benjamin Monk found guilty of killing former @AVFCOfficial footballer Dalian Atkinson.
The 43 year old was found guilty of manslaughter by the Birmingham Crown Court.
It’s the first conviction of its kind for an on-duty officer in the last 50 years.#BLM pic.twitter.com/SgmYsRIjWh
— Danny Nyeko (@DNyeko) June 23, 2021
Benjamin Monk Age
Benjamin Monk is 42-years-old.
Jurors are still deliberating on charges against Monk’s cop girlfriend Mary-Ellen Bettley-Smith, who allegedly hit Dalian with her baton as he lay on the ground.
Dalian’s family today slammed the cop for “trying to minimise the force he used” and “exaggerating the threat he posed”.
They added: “Our sincere hope now the truth about his death is known, and justice has been done, is that we can start to remember him not for the manner in which he died, but for the way in which he lived.”
The 6ft 2in striker collapsed in the road in Telford and died 90 minutes later after going into cardiac arrest.
Jurors heard how Dalian was “disturbed and erratic” leading up to his death and told Monk he was “going to take you to the gates of Hell”.
The experienced officer fired two cartridges at the footballer, which had no effect, after he claimed he was the “Messiah”.
Dalian collapsed on the ground where Monk then kicked him several times “like a football”, horrified witnesses said.
One bystander told jurors how the footballer was booted around “15 times” as he had the “s**t kicked out of him”. Others claimed they saw Monk resting his foot on Atkinson’s head as he made “gurgling sounds”.
She told he Mr Swinbourne described seeing Atkinson collapse after being Tasered before Monk gave him a “couple of light kicks”.
The prosecutor continued: “He then saw the officer pull his right foot all the way back and give the black male a final massive and powerful kick using the toe of his right foot as the male lay motionless on the floor.
“The officer’s leg went straight back and snapped forwards as though he was kicking a football. “He described the motion as similar to the sort of kick that would have been required to move a ball up field with significant force.
“It was not, he thought, as strong a kick as a goal kick, as the officer did not appear to take a run up to it.
The officer was later heard telling paramedics “he may be bloody as I had to kick him” as the footballer was rushed to hospital. Dalian, who had a number of health issues, went into cardiac arrest and was declared dead shortly after.
The prosecution’s medical experts said despite his poor medical state, Dalian would have survived the encounter were it not for the lengthy Tasering and the kicks to the head.
Monk later claimed he feared for his life and accepted he “instinctively” kicked the star in the shoulder during the arrest.