Trial of second officer in Dalian Atkinson case ends with hung jury

The jury in the case of a police officer accused of assaulting Dalian Atkinson with a baton after he was Tasered to the ground has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

Jun 24, 2021
By Tony Thompson
Dalian Atkinson

The trial of West Mercia Police probationary constable Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith has ended in a hung jury one day after PC Benjamin Monk was convicted of the former footballer’s manslaughter.

Jurors deliberated for more than 21 hours at Birmingham Crown Court before telling the trial judge they would be unable to reach a verdict on the charge alleging Bettley-Smith used unlawful force, even if given more time to do so.

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