A POLICE officer has been charged with murder over the death of ex-Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson after she was shot with a Taser.
Dalian was hit with a 50,000-volt shock after reportedly threatening his elderly father in Telford in August 2016.
The former Aston Villa and Manchester City striker, 48, went into cardiac arrest and died in hospital 90 minutes later.
He had been struck on OAP's doorstep, which is the street he grew up on.
A spokesman for the CPS confirmed that two officers have been charged over the death – one of those is murder.
The other police officer has been charged with causing Actual Bodily Harm.
The two police constables, who have not been named, will appear at Birmingham Crown Court this afternoon.
Jenny Hopkins, from the CPS, said in a statement: "This decision was made following a careful review of all the evidence presented to us by the Independent Office for Police Conduct following an investigation.
"Criminal proceedings against the two police officers are now active and they have a right to a fair trial.
"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."
Solicitor Kate Maynard, of Hickman and Rose, who represents Dalian's family, said: "Dalian's family welcomes the decision to put the conduct of police officers before a jury but regrets that already more than three years have passed since Dalian died.
"They ask for their privacy to be respected and press for the criminal proceedings to progress without delay or obstruction."
In 2018, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said it referred a file of evidence relating to Dalian's death to the CPS for it to consider charges against two of the three officers who were involved in detaining him.
Dalian also played for Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town, Fenerbache and Real Sociedad.
He scored in the 1995 final between Aston Villa and Manchester United where his team took home the trophy after a 3-1 victory.
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