Police officers appear in court over taser death of Dalian Atkinson

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

source: ITV News
published: 7 November 2019

A police constable has appeared in court charged with the murder of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson, who died after being Tasered near his father’s home in Telford in 2016.

The West Mercia Police officer appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, along with a colleague who has been accused of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Both officers appeared before a deputy district judge and were not asked their name, address or date of birth. Instead, they were referred to in court as Constables A and B.

Constable B indicated a not guilty plea to a charge of assault and she was granted bail to appear at Birmingham Crown Court later on Thursday.

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Family’s fight for justice after 2004 officer-involved shooting will take a new turn

Michael Bell Jr
Michael Bell Jr

source: WTMJ News
published: 4 November 2019

The family of a man killed by Kenosha Police in 2004 is not giving up on their fight for justice.

Michael Bell Jr. was killed after he was pulled over by police in November, 2004. He was shot during a struggle with police when an officer believed Bell had reached for his weapon.

The officers involved were quickly cleared in the shooting after an internal investigation.

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Police spied on grieving families for decades. Now we want the truth

Undercover Spy Hidingsource: Guardian Communities
published: 25 October 2019

How many black families have been targeted by undercover police officers? This is the simple question we are still waiting for authorities to answer.

More than five years have passed since Theresa May, then the home secretary, announced a public inquiry following “profoundly shocking” evidence that Met police undercover officers had spied on the grieving parents of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, as well as their campaign to get justice for their son.

Despite Sir John Mitting’s ongoing undercover policing inquiry spending £21m since 2015, public hearings will only commence in the summer of 2020.

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