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Thousands of previously unseen government files relating to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster are being released.
The report finds flaws in the police operation and new evidence that the police carried out checks on those who had died in order to "impugn their reputations"
The prime minister has said he is "profoundly sorry" for what he called the double injustice of the Hillsborough disaster.
The report, by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, showed police and emergency services made "strenuous attempts" to deflect the blame for the disaster on to innocent fans.
Originally posted by Flavian
I have to say though that the government at the time have been found not guilty of involvement in the cover up. This is by an independent tribunal panel rather than a government appointed panel. In this case, that is enough for me. Hopefully we can now concentrate on prosecuting those involved in covering up and distorting the truth rather than looking for non existent links back to the then Thatcher government.
Justice for the 96. YNWA.
Michael Mansfield QC agrees with journalists that Hillsborough is the "biggest cover-up in British history".
Chief Constable David Crompton says the police statements were amended after officers sought "independent legal advice". He adds that "people thought it was the right course of action at the time" but concedes time has shown it was not.
"On 18th April 1989 [sic], 96 of the Liverpool fans went to Hillsborough to watch the FA Cup Semi Final and died as a result of the disaster. On that day South Yorkshire Police failed the victims and families. The police lost control. In the immediate aftermath senior officers sought to change the record of events. Disgraceful lies were told which blamed the Liverpool fans for the disaster."
"Statements were altered which sought to minimise police blame. These actions have caused untold pain and distress for over 23 years. I am profoundly sorry for the way the force failed on 15th April 1989 and I am doubly sorry for the injustice that followed and I apologise to the families of the 96 and Liverpool fans. South Yorkshire Police is a very different place in 2012 from what it was 23 years ago and we will be fully open and transparent in helping to find answers to the questions posed by the Panel today."
Originally posted by blupblup
It's odd isn't it...
This is one of THE biggest conspiracies in recent British history and certainly involving the police... and there's barely anyone discussing it on ATS.
Maybe Obama is taking a crap and that is far more interesting.
Former Liverpool player Stan Collymore
tweets: Reading every page of the findings. Honestly can't believe what I'm reading. Anyone should be terrified about the level of cover up/smears.
English football became a golden magnet for billionaire owners, millionaire players and satellite customers, drawn from every corner of the earth. But at what cost? Ninety-six people - half of whom were 21 or younger - lost their lives at Hillsborough, more than 750 were physically injured, numerous suicides have been laid at its door, and thousands still bear the mental scars.