Six Are Charged in 1989 Hillsborough Stadium Disaster in England
LONDON – Decades after the deadliest disaster in the history of English football stadium, British prosecutors charged six people Wednesday, including four former high police officials, to the death of 96 people crushed and trampled stage Hillsborough in Sheffield In 1989.
The disaster has transformed the way sports are viewed in the country, and the decision to claim as the families of the victims, including 37 fatally crushed or crushed teenagers, is expected.
In April 2016, a two-year investigation found that fans had been “victims of unlawful killings” and cited errors or omissions by police in planning and enforcing security for the party on April 15, 1989.
In particular, he challenged the actions of commanders. The investigation has left prosecutors decide whether to file criminal charges, and on Wednesday, the Crown Prosecutors Department announced it would.
David Duckenfield, the commander of the South Yorkshire police party on the day of the tragedy, will face homicide charges.
Five other men are also indicted Graham Henry Mackrell, former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, which operates the Hillsborough stadium; Peter Metcalf, a lawyer who represented the South Yorkshire Police; And three other former high-ranking police officers – Norman Bettison Donald Denton and Alan Foster.
The victims suffocated in an AF Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest when police opened a door in an attempt to relieve congestion outside the stadium before the match.
This has led fans outside the flood, some trampling and crushing the other against the steel fence. In addition to the 96 dead, from 10 to 67 years, more than 700 people were injured. (One of the dead 96 days after the game, another who was left in a persistent vegetative state, died in 1993.)
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After the disaster, some senior law enforcement officials and members of the media, especially the sun, emphasized first victims by committing their own death, saying they had been drunk and rebellious.
The struggle for decades to find out what really happened on the day of the dragged game as authorities tried to whip and blame the fans for the disaster.
1989 Taylor poll, which immediately investigated, accused a “police control failure”, and found that police had unfairly tried to blame the fans.
However, a forensic investigation ruled 1,991 accidental deaths and no criminal charges were filed. Aggravating families have fought a long campaign that over time changed the narrative that prevails in the case – which has raised questions of class, institutional responsibility and justice – far from being the behavior of fans by the failure of the application of the Law.
In 2012, an independent panel concluded that there had been a complex dissolution of the police, the government apologized to the victims and a court overturned the conclusion that the deaths were accidental.
(Among the disclosures: forensic had assigned an arbitrary time of death of 41 victims, some were still not dead.) This made the new investigation, which began in 2014.