Dalian Atkinson: ‘You can stick your Tasers up your a***’
BBC: “Tasered footballer given CPR for 35 minutes”
The post-Tasering facts are given to us straight:
Doctors battled in vain for 35 minutes to save ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson after he was Tasered by police, the inquest into his death has heard. He died 90 minutes after the weapon was used by police in Telford on 15 August.The 48-year-old former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich striker went into cardiac arrest on his way to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
But why did he die?
The inquest was adjourned to 22 November after post-mortem tests failed to establish the cause of death.
Waiting is hard on the loved ones. Sky says they will have to wait nine months for an independent police watchdog investigation to complete its investigation. Thats seems like a very long time to wait. Why does it take so long?
The coroner’s officer Julie Hartridge said West Mercia Police officers were called there at 1.39am following a “report of concern for safety”. She told coroner John Ellery that Mr Atkinson became unresponsive shortly after being shot with a stun gun. “At hospital, following 35 minutes of CPR, he was confirmed deceased,” she added.
Tragic indeed that a call of a report for safety should end in a death triggered, as is alleged, by police action. It’s the kind of help you could do without.
Guardian: “Two police officers to be interviewed over death of Dalian Atkinson”
A spokesperson for the IPCC goes on the record:
“Our independent investigation into the death of Dalian Atkinson is expected to take around nine months. We recognise there is significant public interest and while we will carry out the investigation as swiftly as possible, we need to ensure it is thorough and robust. Interviews under criminal caution with two West Mercia police officers will take place shortly.”
The Star cocks an ear:
Aston Villa fans hurl abuse at cops over Dalian Atkinson Taser death
What did they say that was abusive?
As the officers move in to disperse the crowd, they can be heard repeatedly chanting: “You can stick your Tasers up your a***.”
Abusive? That sounds restrained.