Police officer guilty of using excessive force against Dalian Atkinson keeps job

Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith of West Mercia police found guilty of gross misconduct and given final written warning

A police officer who repeatedly beat Dalian Atkinson as he lay dying has been found guilty of gross misconduct but has been allowed to keep her job.

The family of Atkinson, a former Aston Villa footballer, condemned the news that PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, of West Mercia police, could return to the streets as an officer instead of being sacked.

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