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Why Justice Needs to be Served for Hillsborough Families

hillsborough anfield Why Justice Needs to be Served for Hillsborough Families

For many soccer fans this week, the last thing on our minds will be the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup matches. Instead, many supporters will be remembering the events of 20 years ago when 96 people tragically died at Hillsborough Stadium due to mistakes made by the police who were unable to control the crowd.

Remarkably, there are still so many unanswered questions 20 years after the tragic day of April 15, 1989 when Liverpool played Nottingham Forest in a FA Cup semi-final held at Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium. Not only are there unanswered questions, but there is also the feeling that justice has not been served and that the truth of what happened on that fateful day has been withheld.

Luckily, there is one investigative journalist in England who is commited to getting to the facts and that’s David Conn of The Guardian. In his article today entitled “Families Fight to Force Police to Acknowledge Cover-Up Over Statements,” Conn shares many of the controversial facts regarding what happened that day as well as the police cover-up (and black propaganda) that allegedly occurred to ensure that the high-ranking police officers weren’t held responsible for their mistakes that day.

Rather than dwell on the information about Hillsborough that has already been reported, Conn interviews the current chief constable of the South Yorkshire police and asks him some very pointed questions (see video):

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Other than bringing unanswered Hillsborough tragedy questions to light, Conn’s greatest achievement in his article is getting the chief constable to agree to trigger a review to see if there are any other documents held by South Yorkshire Police which can be made public.

Hopefully chief constable Meredydd Hughes will be able to find more documentation to reveal what really happened behind the scenes of the worst football tragedy ever to happen in British football. It’s time for more investigations to be made to discover what really happened that day, to find out the extent of the police cover-up and to serve justice to those who were responsible for such catatrosphic mistakes.

In The Times, meanwhile, they’ve opened up their archives and made available all of the articles that were published after the Hillsborough tragedy. The paper has also published an excellent PDF guide of how the Hillsborough disaster unfolded.

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    7 Responses to Why Justice Needs to be Served for Hillsborough Families

    1. fsquid says:

      One day, I’d love to see Liverpool admit that part of the blame goes to their supporters who loved to show up to matches back then without a ticket and rush the turnstiles. But, that would require a finger back at them and we know that can’t happen.

    2. Matthew Semisch says:

      Chris-

      You may also be interested in reading Steve Wilson (of MOTD)’s blog post taking a first-hand look back on what happened that day: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stevewilson/2009/04/hillsborough.html

    3. NewsJunkie says:

      That is a great article by Conn. I’m glad that these news outlets are picking up the story again and asking questions about what happened. It took awhile for them to realize it, but hopefully with the efforts of the press, the families of those who died will finally get some closure. Here’s a video about the tragedy I found and also about what the families are having to deal with:

      http://www.newsy.com/videos/hillsborough_disaster_remembered/

    4. dancingnancie says:

      I hope enough has been done so that another tragedy like this doesn’t happen again. Here’s a great video i found today showing how different news outlets are covering the story:?

      http://www.newsy.com/videos/hillsborough_disaster_remembered/

    5. Anthony Bradshaw says:

      The truth about Hillsborough is that a crush was already underway by 2pm in Pens 3 and 4 on the Leppings Lane terracing. A lot of Liverpool fans were arriving after 2.30pm into Sheffield after being held up in road works on the motorway. South Yorkshire Police forced Liverpool fans to move towards the turnstiles upon arrival by moving down both ends of Leppings Lane. These fans were forced into the bottleneck around the turnstiles and created a terrible crush outside that was going to result in death. The Police, having not realised what was going on in Pens 3 and 4 right under their control box, eventually took the decision to open gate C at the Leppings Lane end to relieve the crush outside. However the tunnel leading down to Pens 3 and 4, the only entrance directly in front of the opened gate, was not closed off. Therefore the fans went directly down that tunnel to their deaths. Lord Justice Taylor said in his report that the Liverpool fans were no more drunk or ticketless than any other fans at a major game and the Police lost control both outside after 2.30pm and inside from 2pm onwards.
      After 20 years and a report from the highest judge in the country at the time that praised the Liverpool fans as Magnificent we should not have to keep defending ourselves against the lies that were circulated by South Yorkshire Police and printed by the scum newspaper amongst others.
      Justice for the 96. RIP.

    6. i blame the police because they just lot peopel run in .

    7. Shakira says:

      Does Justice include censoring those who Liverpool fans disagree with? It seems that is the type of justice they want, not real justice for the 96 who lost thier lives that day.

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