The Latest: Hillsborough: May: families feel mixed emotions
LONDON (AP) The Latest on Britain’s 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster that left 96 people dead (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May says this is a ”day of really mixed emotions” for families of 96 soccer fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster.
Prosecutors have announced charges against six people over the April 1989 crush at a match in Sheffield, northern England. Those charged include the police commander on the day and the former chief of South Yorkshire Police.
The charges cover both alleged negligence on the day of the disaster and a later cover-up that attempted to pin the blame on rowdy fans. Victims’ families have campaigned for decades for criminal charges to be laid.
May told lawmakers on Wednesday that justice is moving forward ”after so many years of waiting.”
She said she can’t say much more because there will now be criminal trials.
The six people charged over Britain’s 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster that killed 96 people include four policemen, a lawyer and a soccer club official.
The policemen were David Duckenfield, the police commander on the day, accused of manslaughter by gross negligence; ex-chief superintendent Donald Denton and Det. Alan Foster, charged with perverting the course of justice by allegedly changing police statements; and ex-chief constable Norman Bettison, charged with four offenses of misconduct in public office for allegedly lying about the culpability of fans.
Graham Henry Mackrell, the secretary and safety officer for Sheffield Wednesday Football Club at the time, was charged with failing to carry out health and safety duties.
Peter Metcalf, the lawyer acting for South Yorkshire Police, was charged with perverting justice relating to changes made to witness statements.
British prosecutors have charged six people over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster in Sheffield, in which 96 soccer fans were crushed to death.
Those charged include the police commander on the day, David Duckenfield, who is accused of gross negligence manslaughter.
The former chief of South Yorkshire Police, Norman Bettison, is charged with misconduct in public office for lying about the disaster and its aftermath.
The tragedy unfolded when more than 2,000 Liverpool soccer fans flooded into a standing-room section behind a goal, with the 54,000-capacity stadium already nearly full for the match against Nottingham Forest.
There were immediate attempts to defend the police operation and assign blame to the Liverpool fans. A false narrative circulated that blamed ticketless and rowdy Liverpool fans – a narrative that their families have challenged for decades.
–This item corrects spelling of police chief to Bettison, not Bettision.
British prosecutors are set to announce whether they plan to press charges in the deaths of 96 people in the Hillsborough stadium crush – one of Britain’s worst-ever sports disasters.
The families of those killed in the April 1989 catastrophe were gathering in the northwestern English city of Warrington on Wednesday to be told about the decision.
The tragedy at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield unfolded when more than 2,000 Liverpool soccer fans flooded into a standing-room section behind a goal for the match against Nottingham Forest. The victims were smashed against metal anti-riot fences or trampled underfoot.
At the time there were immediate attempts to defend the police operation and assign blame to the Liverpool fans.
The original inquest recorded verdicts of accidental death. But the families challenged the ruling and got it overturned in 2012 after a far-reaching inquiry that examined previously secret documents and exposed wrongdoing and mistakes by police.
There are 23 suspects, including individuals and organizations, that could face charges.