Op-ed: Relatives of the 96 killed at the Hillsborough football stadium on April 15, 1989, in court Tuesday listened as a verdict of unlawful killing was returned.
They have taken a slow, long road to justice; it has arrived too late for some but better late than never.
Monday the jury returned their verdict but it was not made public until Tuesday allowing loved ones of the dead time to get to the court from wherever they live.
When the Liverpool football team and their army of fans descended on Sheffield for a match at the Hillsborough stadium in 1989 who would have believed the tragedy that would unfold? This writer watched events unfold on T.V. news before finally the plug was pulled on the harrowing viewing.
96 people died, including children, after crowds surged forward crushing the life out of those trapped behind pitch barriers.
Police blamed the fans and the Sun ran with a damning and fictitious story of drunken football hooligans causing the tragedy.
But the truth was a police officer made a decision to open a gate which caused a huge surge forward crushing many.
Living victims, suffering the effects of being present at such a terrible tragedy, should also be remembered.
Tuesday BBC News reports:
Ninety-six football fans who died as a result of a crush in the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, the inquests have concluded.
It was the 25th anniversary of this disaster in 2014 and the families of the dead were still searching for answers. After an apparent police cover up finally new inquests were launched which at last promised the hope of some closure?
In July 2015 the Daily Mirror reported Tony Blair 'rejected Hillsborough inquiry as a favour for Rupert Murdoch'.
Labour shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham took a different stance fighting long and hard to support the bereaved while pushing for justice.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn met with relatives during the recent inquests.
BBC News reports the following key points from the court Tuesday:
Below is an image of a letter by Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher's press secretary. In the letter addressed to a parent of a victim of the disaster, just months after Hillsborough, Ingham reiterated his belief that the disaster was caused by "tanked up yobs", a view later entirely refuted by the Hillsborough inquest:
According to WikiPedia "Sir Bernard Ingham (born 21 June 1932) is a British journalist and former civil servant who is best known as Margaret Thatcher's chief press secretary while she was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. He was knighted in Mrs Thatcher's 1990 resignation honours list. Despite never having attended university himself Ingham lectured in public relations at The University of Middlesex. He was also secretary to Supporters of Nuclear Energy (SONE)(1998-2007), a group of individuals who seek to promote Nuclear Power in the United Kingdom and he holds the position of Vice President of Country Guardian, an anti-wind energy campaign group. Ingham is also a regular panellist on BBC current affairs programme Dateline London."
Today there are calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood.