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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Footballer Died After Being Shot With A Taser By The Police


Former footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot
with a Taser by police at his father's house.
Police said the weapon was deployed at about 01:30 BST in
Telford, Shropshire after officers were called to a report of
concern for a man's safety.
A neighbour described seeing the former Aston Villa star, 48,
being Tasered after "stumbling towards" police.
Mr Atkinson went into cardiac arrest on his way to hospital,
where he was pronounced dead at about 03:00.
Paula Quinn, who lives in a first-floor flat near the Atkinson
property in Trench, said: "They were shouting and kicking so
much all I could hear were the boots hitting him.
'Lead balloon'
"And then the officer who released the Taser stepped back
while the other officer still continued to kick and then I could
hear him shout to the other officer that was still kicking,
'Back off, back off, back off.'
"And then the officer with the Taser asked the gentleman to
put his hands behind his back and did so probably two or
three times and reactivated the Taser another four or five
times after that. "
The death has been referred to the police watchdog, the
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
It declined to comment on Ms Quinn's claims, but said the
"the level and type of force used" was one of the elements of
its investigation into police contact with Mr Atkinson before
his death.
Ms Quinn was the only eyewitness spoken to by the BBC
who reported seeing officers kick Mr Atkinson or use the
Taser while he was on the ground.
She had earlier told the Shropshire Star Mr Atkinson had
"seemed a bit, perhaps, inebriated", adding: "As the Taser hit
him in the stomach he just went 'doof', down like a lead
balloon."
Paramedics said Mr Atkinson went into cardiac arrest on his
way to hospital.
His nephew, Fabian, said the former footballer was having
dialysis treatment for kidney problems: "And obviously that's
inevitably why his heart was weaker.
"They need to, as soon as they deploy a Taser, they need to
deploy an ambulance. As soon as, it should be mandatory.
"Because, how do they know, unnaturally putting volts
through a body, how do they know they're going to survive
that, eventually, in the long run, that they're not going to
need any medical attention?"
Mr Atkinson is best remembered for scoring the Match of
the Day goal of the season in the 1992-93 campaign - the
inaugural Premier League season. Memorably, the Villa star
dribbled the ball from inside his own half before chipping
the Wimbledon keeper from the edge of the area.
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