View Full Version : Hillsborough and officialdom

09-13-2012, 04:23 PM
96 people died 23 years ago

From the NYT:

Prime Minister David Cameron (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/david_cameron/index.html?inline=nyt-per) formally apologized on Wednesday to the victims’ families, saying their “appalling deaths” were compounded by an attempt by the police, investigators and the news media to depict the victims as hooligans and to blame them for the disaster...

Quoting from the new report, Mr. Cameron said: “The Liverpool fans were not the cause of the disaster. The panel has quite simply found no evidence in support of allegations of exceptional levels of drunkenness, ticketlessness or violence among Liverpool fans, no evidence that fans had conspired to arrive late at the stadium, and no evidence that they stole from the dead and dying.”...

...The report contained grim revelations. Among them was the finding that many of the victims who were declared dead at the site of the disaster, barely an hour after the game was halted because of the chaos on the terraces, might have survived if they had received prompt medical attention. The report said autopsy findings showed there were 41 victims who did not have the traumatic asphyxia that caused most of the deaths, and Dr. Bill Kirkup, a physician on the panel, said they might have survived if they been taken swiftly to a hospital....

...The report also concluded that 116 witness statements presented by the police to previous inquiries had been amended by the police “to remove or alter comments unfavorable to the police,” and that police officers conducted computer checks on those who had died in an attempt “to impugn the reputations of the deceased.” In addition, the report said the coroner measured blood-alcohol levels in all who died, including children, only to discover — a fact withheld from previous inquiries — that the levels of alcohol consumption were “unremarkable and not exceptional for a social or leisure occasion.”...

...Dominic Mohan, editor of The Sun newspaper, publicly apologized Wednesday for an article the paper published days after the tragedy alleging that Liverpool fans looted the victims, urinated on police officers and attacked officers seeking to save lives....

Peerie Maa
09-13-2012, 04:40 PM
The report on which that report was based makes sobering reading, the summary alone is 14 pages. The seeds of the disaster were sown many years before in the layout and equipment of that end of the ground. This does not excuse the catalogue of bad decisions made on the day, nor the attempt to shift the blame onto the victims.
If you want to read the report, rather than rely on the media go here: http://hillsborough.independent.gov.uk/

09-13-2012, 04:58 PM
Thanks for the link.