Opening the case, the prosecution say that Dalian Atkinson would not have died had it not been for the actions of Pc Benjamin Monk. 
The jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard how the former footballer was acting “erratically” when police responded to a 999 call in Meadow Close in Telford at 1.30am on Aug 15, 2016. 
He had attended his father’s address, 22 Meadow Close in Telford, shortly before 1:30 am.
His shouting in the street, demanding to be let in to his father’s house, awoke some of the neighbours, one of whom was so concerned she called the police.
Pc Monk attended alongside Pc Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith. Pc Monk, the more senior officer, attempted three times to fire his Taser at Atkinkson. 
The third was “completely effective”, the court heard. Addressing the jury, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “The standard default setting of a Taser is a five second phase, but it is possible to override that by continuing to depress the trigger.
“Pc Monk continued to depress the trigger for over 6 times the length of a standard phase. The taser was deployed for 33 seconds.”


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