More than three years after his death, a police officer has been charged with murder of fomer footballer Dalian Atkinson, who collapsed and later died after he was Tasered in Telford in August 2016.
The Mirror reports: “The former Aston Villa striker was struck by a 50,000-volt shock after reportedly threatening his elderly father on the doorstep of his home.
“He went into cardiac arrest and died in hospital 90 minutes later,” the report added.
“Witnesses on Meadow Close claimed officers discharged their stun guns twice more after Atkinson had hit the pavement.
“A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution confirmed on Thursday that two officers of West Mercia police had been charged over the death.
“One of those officers has been charged with murder, the other with ABH. A third officer, who was also subject to the investigation, was not charged.
“We are looking to the (police watchdog) IPCC to carry out a thorough and robust investigation that will ultimately provide transparency and accountability. Dalian’s memory requires nothing less.”
Charges were brought against the officers involved after the final report into Atkinson’s death was filed.
They are due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday afternoon.