Police officer guilty of manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson

Dalian Atkinson
Dalian Atkinson – Image credit http://www.swn.com

source: The Guardian
published: 23 June 2021

A police officer has been convicted of the manslaughter of the former professional footballer Dalian Atkinson, after firing an electric stun gun into him for 33 seconds and kicking him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

PC Benjamin Monk, of the West Mercia force, was convicted of the killing by a jury at Birmingham crown court.

Monk was accused of lying in court about his account, and of kicking and stamping on Atkinson’s head while he was barely conscious on the ground. He is the first police officer to be convicted of manslaughter during the course of their duties in more than three decades.

Atkinson was kicked with such force his blood was found in the laces of Monk’s police issue boots.

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Mark Duggan’s family: police ‘lack courage’ to reopen investigation

Carole & Mark Duggan
Carole Duggan & Nephew, Mark Duggan

source: The Guardian
published: 28 May 2021

Mark Duggan’s family have accused the police watchdog of lacking courage after it refused to reopen its investigation into his 2011 killing by armed officers.

The shooting of Duggan, 29, in Tottenham, north London, after armed officers intercepted the minicab in which he was travelling on the basis of intelligence that he was carrying a gun, triggered civil unrest across England. An illegal firearm was found over a fence, 7 metres from where he was shot.

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Self harm cases in women’s prisons reaches record high

Sad woman in hoodiesource: PrisonPhone
published: 23 April 2021

With the effects of COVID-19 it has caused many prisoners to be separated from their families and loved ones even more so than before.

Having more than a year apart from seeing their families on a face to face basis has caused a serious impact on some inmates, seeing a record high in self harming cases across some of the women’s prisons.

Self harm amongst female prisoners has increased rapidly.  A spokesman said “Many women haven’t seen their families in person for over a year, and are confined to their cells for up to 23 hours a day”. The crisis of the Coronavirus has created a number of incidents reaching a record high, new data shows.

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