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Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said:

“Throughout this process, my thoughts continue to be with Dalian Atkinson’s family and friends.

“The public of West Mercia and I, as their Police and Crime Commissioner, expect the very highest standards of behaviour from West Mercia Police officers. The process, which was independently led, has found the officer guilty of gross misconduct due to her use of force.

“I want to reassure the public that I will ensure West Mercia Police continues to learn the lessons from this incident and other incidents. I am committed to playing my part in supporting the force with the resources they need to deliver the best possible training for officers, ensuring the voice of the public is loudly heard in the way we are policed.”

Statement from Deputy Chief Constable Alex Murray:

“Whilst today (Friday 17 March) sees the end of formal proceedings we continue to extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Dalian Atkinson and everyone affected by his death. We know there is no end to the grief they have to live with, and our thoughts are with them.

“In June 2021 former police officer Ben Monk was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years imprisonment in connection to Dalian’s death. 

“A disciplinary hearing has today found that a second officer’s actions on the night Dalian died constituted gross misconduct and as a result she has been issued with a final written warning.

“The Gross Misconduct Hearing into the level of force used by PC Bettley-Smith was chaired by an independent legally qualified chair, with the panel consisting of representatives from outside the force. The proceedings lasted five days – having opened on Monday (13 March) and were held in public, with members of the press present.

“At the hearing this week, the facts of the case were presented, and PC Bettley-Smith was given the opportunity to explain her actions. This follows the national procedure.

“On the night Dalian died, police were called to protect him, his family and the public but that did not happen. As a result, PC Ben Monk is in prison.

“Ellie Bettley-Smith, who was a student officer at the time, was acquitted at court of criminal wrongdoing.”