A PC who repeatedly struck ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson on the night he was killed by her colleague has been found guilty of gross misconduct.
Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith hit the former Aston Villa striker six times with her baton as he lay on the ground in 2016.
She was acquitted of actual bodily harm at trial but the police watchdog called for a gross misconduct hearing.
After a four-day case, the panel decided the West Mercia Police officer used excessive force.
Mr Atkinson died after being tasered and kicked in the head outside his father’s house in Telford, Shropshire.
PC Bettley-Smith’s colleague and partner, PC Benjamin Monk, was jailed for manslaughter in 2021.