Officer convicted of Dalian Atkinson manslaughter dismissed from force

The West Mercia Police officer found guilty of the manslaughter of ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson has been dismissed from the force without notice after admitting gross misconduct.

Jul 9, 2021
By Tony Thompson
Benjamin Monk

Benjamin Monk did not attend a fast-track disciplinary hearing which had been called to consider an allegation of discreditable conduct.

He was cleared of murder but unanimously convicted of manslaughter on June 23 after a nine-week trial heard he had kicked 48-year-old Mr Atkinson in the head at least twice, after he was tasered to the ground.

West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, said: “It is entirely unacceptable for police officers who are responsible for enforcing the law to break it themselves.

“Given that PC Monk is now a serving prisoner, having been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of eight years, the only outcome (consistent with College of Policing guidelines) is therefore dismissal without notice.”

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