London: The largest independent probe into British police was launched on Friday to examine potential criminal actions by officers involved in the 1989 Hillsborough soccer disaster in which 96 spectators died after a crowd crush in the stadium.
Serving and former officers, including those in senior positions, could face charges or misconduct proceedings for failings and cover-ups over Britain's worst sporting disaster, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.
Last month, Prime Minister David Cameron apologised to families of the victims after a damning report detailed a catalogue of errors and evidence that police dishonestly tried to deflect blame on to fans of Liverpool soccer club.
The victims, many young, died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, northern England, at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest....more
07:58 PM, Oct 12, 2012