Hillsborough Distater - Duckenfield Cleared

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Hillsborough Distater - Duckenfield Cleared

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David Duckenfield, the Match Commander at Hillsborough in 1989, has been found not guilty of Gross Negligence Manslaughter at his second trial (the first resulting in a hung jury.)

The case against David Duckenfield, the Match Commander, is now at an end. The charge required a very high burden of proof, the act or omission being so bad, so gross, that it amounts to a crime. That is accepted to be a very high bar.

The Hillsborough families, who have battled valiantly for 30 years to get justice for the 96 deaths were obstructed at every stage, initially by the media, and then the establishment. They eventually won a second coroners inquest in 2014 and in 2016 won a finding of unlawful deaths and gross negligence on the part of the police (and the ambulance service). This was vindication for the near 30 year campaign and the springboard for the prosecution of David Duckenfield.

I can't see where the families can go from hear, but they have my sympathy along with the sympathy of the overwhelming majority of the British public.

Everyone from the UK and over 40 knows about this case, but for those unfamiliar with this, here is a short overview from Wikipedia:

The Hillsborough disaster was a fatal crush of people during an FA Cup football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989. With 96 fatalities and 766 injuries, it remains the worst disaster in British sporting history.[1] The crush occurred in the two standing-only central pens in the Leppings Lane stand, allocated to Liverpool supporters. Shortly before kick-off, in an attempt to ease overcrowding outside the entrance turnstiles, the police match commander, chief superintendent David Duckenfield, ordered exit gate C opened, leading to an influx of even more supporters to the pens.[2]

In the days and weeks following, police fed false stories to the press suggesting that hooliganism and drunkenness by Liverpool supporters were the causes of the disaster. Blaming of Liverpool fans persisted even after the Taylor Report of 1990, which found that the main cause was a failure of control by South Yorkshire Police (SYP).[3] Following the Taylor report, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ruled there was no evidence to justify prosecution of any individuals or institutions.[3] The disaster also led to a number of safety improvements in the largest English football grounds, notably the elimination of fenced standing terraces in favour of all-seater stadiums in the top two tiers of English football.[4][5
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Re: Hillsborough Distater - Duckenfield Cleared

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30 years to get a final ending. I guess there's hope for a quick settlement on the Brexit deal.
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