UK: Hillsborough documents to be made public
The British government says official documents on the
Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 soccer fans died at an FA Cup
semifinal more than 20 years ago will be made public.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman, Steve Field, said
Monday that it had given all government papers related to the 1989
disaster to the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which is looking
again at the incident. The panel will release them to families of
the dead and make them publicly available.
An inquest jury ruled in 1991 that the deaths at Sheffield
Wednesday’s stadium were accidental, but South Yorkshire Police
were strongly criticized for their actions. Officers herded around
2,000 Liverpool fans into caged-in enclosures that were already
full, resulting in many being crushed and suffocating.