Dalian Atkinson

Dalian Atkinson

48-year-old soccer player

In August 2016, police officers from Telford, UK, tased black soccer player Dalian Atkinson three times, causing the man’s heart to stop.

On August 15, 2016, the Telford police Department, United Kingdom, received a report that a man was threatening to kill his own father. According to his brother, Atkinson lost control, grabbed his father by the throat and said that he would kill him, then tore the dialysis tube from his shoulder. The police officers who arrived at the scene tried to calm the man down, but after he refused to obey the orders of the police, they decided to use a stun gun against him. The police tased him twice, but it seemed to them that this was not enough for him, and they used the stun gun a third time. This decision cost Atkinson his life. His heart stopped beating. The man was taken to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

As of May 2021, the Atkinson family is still seeking justice. The family’s lawyer claims that the officer pulled the trigger of the taser for 33 seconds, exceeding protocol by five seconds, and then hit him on the head.