Indictment against Hillsborough: COMMENT – A tribute to the families for which EVERYONE has been indicted.


Some people will say it should have been much more. Many, many more. And that they should have been initiated many years ago.

Six people will be indicted.

The activists fought against the establishment and against the passing of so much time

It is understandable that many people were upset that only 23 files were sent to the public prosecutor’s office.

How many individuals and organizations that were indicted would have been sufficient? Some would say 20. others 30. others 50 or more. Different people will look at it differently.

But the fact that there were ANY indictments is a miracle of our time, brought about by the families, survivors and activists in Hillsborough-and we should applaud them for their monumental efforts and for the fact that over the decades they never wavered or gave up.

Just look at the arduous journey that families, survivors and activists have made since 1989. We should be amazed that we have reached a point where EVERYONE is to be brought to trial on public charges and asked to account for their role in the disaster.

And it would be understandable if many were bitterly disappointed that only six cases are to be prosecuted.

At this low point in Hillsborough history in 1991, when the original, long discredited verdicts on accidental death came back to the original investigations, who could have predicted that this day would ever come?

It is a tremendous tribute to the dedication and determination of the Hillsborough families, survivors and activists that we have now reached this momentous day-not only in Hillsborough history, but also in legal history.

Yes, there will be some very relieved people across the country.

People who have been charged with nothing. They know who they are, and we know who they are – and that will always be the case.

It will shame our country and its legal system forever that it has taken almost 30 years – 30 YEARS! – to get here.

They may lose sleep over what they did or did not do about Hillsborough, but no one should lose any more sleep because of them.

The passing of so many years has undoubtedly distorted the picture of Hillsborough, and what the result could and should have been. Had we lived in 1989 in a country where those who died in Hillsborough – along with their families and survivors – would have been treated with the dignity and respect they deserved, things would have been very different.

But it will forever be the enormous credit of the families, the survivors and the activists that they did not give up and that they finally succeeded in forcing the collective hand of the establishment and making the wheels of justice turn.


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