According to recent home office figures black people in britain are 3 times more likely to be tasered than a white person. Dalian Atkinson was also someone with mental health problems, and again evidence shows two thirds of people tasered have some kind of mental health problem. Disturbing to note then that the new British PM Theresa May was an enthusiastic supporter of tasering during her 6 years at the home office.
Dalian Atkinson's fate is also a warning of the likely consequences if the british police were armed, as some on the political right like UKIP advocate. Black people would be far more likely to be shot than white people (which is exactly what happens in societies where the police are armed like the US).
Of course not all british policemen and women are rabid racists intent upon arresting, injuring or killing black people but rather it's the institutional racism which still seems to pervade so much of british society which creates a culture where if you're black you're far more likely to receive the attentions of the police than if youre white.
And we see the terrible consequences of this kind of institutional racism in the US where white policemen shooting and killing black people has become almost routine. It's because of such shocking treatment of black people in the US that organisations like Black Lives Matter have been set up, but Dalian Atkinson's death illustrates why Black Lives Matter are right to organise and protest in the UK too.