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.