Police officer charged with murder of former Sheff Wed player Dalian Atkinson

A police constable has been charged with the murder of former Sheffield Wednesday footballer Dalian Atkinson.

The retired footballer became unresponsive after being shot with a Taser in 2016. He died despite the efforts of hospital doctors, who battled for 35 minutes to try and save him.

Atkinson played 38 times for Sheffield Wednesday in 1989-90, scoring ten goals, before going on to play for Aston Villa, where he netted 25 times in 85 appearances.

In a statement the CPS said:

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.

CPS statement

Dalian's family have responded:

Dalian's family welcomes the decision to put the conduct of police officers before a jury but regrets that already more than three years have passed since Dalian died.

Kate Maynard, Solicitor of Hickman and Rose speaking on behalf of the family of Mr Atkinson