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British PM says sorry for Hillsborough disaster
British PM Cameron apologizes to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
British PM Cameron apologizes to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.
Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:35PM
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has formally apologized after it was revealed that deeply distressing police failures led to 96 deaths in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.


An independent inquiry into the tragedy found that police forces unjustifiably accused the victims of the event of hooliganism and thereby muddied their reputations in an attempt to cover-up their failures.

It has also emerged that some police officers carried out national computer checks in an attempt to "impugn the reputations of the deceased".

The prime minister said he was "profoundly sorry" for the "double injustice" which had occurred.

According to new documents the safety of the Hillsborough crowd was "compromised at every level" by inadequate safety standards, turnstiles, overcalculated ground capacity and unsafe crush barriers.

"The new evidence that we are presented with today makes clear that these families have suffered a double injustice," Cameron told MPs - and the country.

"The injustice of the appalling events - the failure of the state to protect their loved ones and the indefensible wait to get to the truth. And the injustice of the denigration of the deceased - that they were somehow at fault for their own deaths”, he said.

Meanwhile, Labour party chief Ed Miliband also made a formal apology for his respective party’s part in that failures.

Miliband said the fact it had taken Britain 23 years to get to the truth "shames us as a country".

The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush which occurred during the semi-final FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs on 15 April 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England.

The crush resulted in the deaths of 94 people on the day and it eventually reached 96 with the deaths of two more victims in hospital, with a total of 766 other people injured. All of the victims were fans of Liverpool Football
Club.

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