On 15 April 1989 an inescapable crush on the terraces at Hillsborough Stadium at an FA Cup Semi-Final led to the deaths of 96 men, women and children. Hundreds of Liverpool fans were injured, thousands traumatised.
Throughout the investigations and inquiries, those who died and survived were vilified amid police allegations of drunkenness, violence, criminal and abusive behaviour.
Two decades on, the families’ unrelenting campaign for truth recovery led to disclosure of all existing documents to an Independent Panel. In 2012 its comprehensive report revealed institutional mendacity, corrupted evidence and partial investigation. This brought an unreserved Government apology, new inquests, a criminal investigation into all agencies involved and an unprecedented IPCC investigation into 2,000 police officers.
Author of the highly acclaimed Hillsborough: The Truth, Phil Scraton, Queen’s University Professor, headed the Panel’s research and was primary author of its report. In this talk he reflects on the long-term campaign for truth, details the Panel’s extensive findings and considers the implications for challenging institutional injustice and holding State institutions to account.
The talk will conclude with a Q & A session.
Admission: Free (donations welcome)