Friday 30 September 2016

Dalian Atkinson eyewitness claims: 'When he was down, police kept on Tasering him'

Published 15/08/2016 | 20:23

Eyewitnesses have claimed that former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson was Tasered three or four times as he lay on the ground.

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The 48-year-old was reportedly banging on the door of his father's home before police were called.

His father described Mr Atkinson as being in a "booze-fuelled rage".

He said his son was "very agitated" and "upset" before someone called police.

Dalian Atkinson, inset, a police officer stands guard outside the estate where the incident occurred
Dalian Atkinson, inset, a police officer stands guard outside the estate where the incident occurred

Now, witnesses are saying the police deployed their stun gun "multiple times".

The former footballer suffered a cardiac arrest and died at 3am.

Dalian Atkinson
Dalian Atkinson

Mr Atkinson is reported to have stumbled towards officers in a non-threatening manner.

It has been claimed that Mr Atkinson was suffering health issues and was battling kidney problems and a weak heart.

Aston Villa's Dalian Atkinson celebrates after scoring for Villa in 1992
Aston Villa's Dalian Atkinson celebrates after scoring for Villa in 1992

A witness said: "The gentleman was walking towards the police, I heard the policeman say it about the Taser.

"He [Atkinson] was still stumbling forward. I don't know if he was drunk or if it was difficult to see.

"And then they Tasered him and he dropped like a lead balloon.

"Then one policeman said to another officer who was still kicking, 'back off, back off'.

"Then I could hear the Taser, that 'tzzz' sound, they kept on Tasering him.

"That just sort of seemed to be constant, on and off, on and off.

"He was on the ground already, they Tasered him four or five times, but long periods of Tasering.

"It was like 10 or 11 seconds at a time," she added.

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complains Commission, has confirmed it will examine the ‘use of force’.

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