UK Police Officer Cleared of Murdering Former Premier League Star But Guilty of Manslaughter

Dalian Atkinson played 200 games in the English Premier League and won the League Cup with Aston Villa. But after spells in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South Korea the striker retired from football in 2001.

A police officer who kicked a former Premier League star in the head after tasering him for a total of 33 seconds has been convicted of manslaughter.

But PC Benjamin Monk was acquitted of murdering Dalian Atkinson, who played for Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town during a glittering career in the 1990s.

Atkinson, who was black, died in the early hours of 15 August 2016 after police were called to an incident at his father’s home in Telford, near Birmingham.

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