Police officer cleared of assaulting ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson | UK news

A police officer has been cleared of assaulting the former footballer Dalian Atkinson during an incident in which he was killed after being Tasered and hit multiple times.

During the trial at Birmingham crown court, jurors were told Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, 32, struck Atkinson, 48, with her baton three times as he lay on the ground after being Tasered for 33 seconds by her colleague and then partner, PC Benjamin Monk.

Bettley-Smith told the court she used her baton lawfully as a last resort as she tried to control Atkinson, who she said was “actively resisting and trying to get up”.

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