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Dalian Atkinson: manslaughter conviction for PC but 'justice' for police violence remains elusive

By Yvette Russell, Senior Lecturer in Law and Feminist Theory, University of Bristol
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On June 23, PC Benjamin Monk was found guilty of the 2016 manslaughter of Dalian Atkinson, a former professional footballer with an international career spanning 16 years, at Birmingham Crown Court. Monk, who has been sentenced to eight years, is the first police officer since 1986 to be found guilty of murder or manslaughter after a death in custody or following police contact in England and Wales.

It is possible, in theory, that a successful prosecution like this one might empower the Crown Prosecution…


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