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Family of Dalian Atkinson's statement one year on

TRIBUTE: The late Dalian Atkinson on the big screen during the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Awards back in April this year

A SHOCK heart attack shortly after being Tasered caused the death of major league football star Dalian Atkinson on August 15 last year and today, one year on, his family release a statement which demonstrates their resolve, together with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), to bring any police officers who unlawfully killed him to justice.

The former Aston Villa striker, who also played for a number of other clubs including Sheffield Wednesday, was 48 when he was Tasered a reported six times by a police force in West Mercia, Worcester, who are said to have kicked him repeatedly after doing so. Atkinson was pronounced dead after suffering a cardiac arrest on the way to hospital.

The IPCC are investigating the case and have called upon over 30 witnesses which include police officers who were at the scene, ambulance staff and the public. Earlier this month the body confirmed that the officers involved in the incident had been interviewed under criminal caution. They may face criminal charges, depending on the outcome of the investigation which is nearing an end.

The Atkinson family say:

“A year has gone by and we’re still reeling from our loss. Dalian was our baby brother. Our determination to get to the facts and to see that appropriate action is taken will not be weakened by the passing of time. We’re buckled in for the long haul.”

MOMENTO: The order of service at Telford Crematorium Chapel, handed out to mourners in November last year

INQUEST, specialist campaigners and advisors on matters concerning deaths in custody, have been working with the family and INQUEST Lawyers Group members Helen Stone and Kate Maynard of Hickman and Rose Solicitors are representing them.

Deborah Coles, INQUEST Director commented:

“As the Atkinson family mark the first anniversary of his tragic death INQUEST are deeply concerned about the disturbing number of recent deaths across the country following the use of force by police officers.

"There is a legitimate lack of trust and confidence in the systems for holding police to account for potential criminality and wrong doing.

"That some of the behaviours and responses to these recent deaths are so familiar to those seen in previous contentious deaths suggests a deeply concerning lack of learning, change and accountability. The much-delayed Angiolini review must be published as a matter of urgency in the hope that it will address the repeated patterns of failure.”

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