Hillsborough survivors: have claimed that “police bullied us to change evidence”

November 7, 2012 in Reform & Corruption by Larry Fedja

originally by: The Observer  
published: 3 November 2012

Traumatised Hillsborough survivors were “bullied” into changing their witness statements during prolonged and aggressive cross-examination by police officers, according to dramatic new allegations over the extent of the authorities’ cover-up in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Supporters have come forward to describe how West Midlands police subjected them to gruelling interviews lasting up to five hours in which they were coerced into amending statements that had portrayed the police in a negative light.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel, chaired by Bishop James Jones of Liverpool, recorded in September that senior officers had altered scores of police statements to hide the truth about the 1989 disaster, when 96 supporters were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

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The police must no longer be immune from radical reform

September 18, 2012 in Breaking News, Home Feature, Reform & Corruption by Larry Fedja

originally by: Andrew Rawnsley 
published: 16 September 2012

He did it very well, did David Cameron. One of the dimensions of being prime minister at which he excels is crafting the right language and striking the appropriate tone on grave or shocking occasions or, in this case, responding on behalf of both government and country to a shockingly grave report.

He delivered a model statement of penitence for what he correctly called “the double injustice” done to the victims of the Hillsborough stadium crush.

It is always easier, mind, to say sorry for a disaster that was someone else’s fault. The bigger test is what happens next. It is wrong to think of Hillsborough, and the disgusting conduct of some members of the South Yorkshire force, as a tragedy to be deeply regretted and then filed away as an event belonging to the distant past.

It is true that stadium design has been massively improved and methods of crowd control have become more sophisticated. Football hooliganism, fear of which was a contributory factor, has largely disappeared from Britain. So a tragedy of that type is less likely to happen now.

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Deaths in custody are on the rise

November 6, 2011 in Custody Deaths & Abuse, Home Feature, Police & Prison Affairs by Larry Fedja

all credits: PressTV
published: 30th October 2011

The number of British people, whose loved ones are killed by police, is steadily rising with the number now reaching 3,180 since 1969, a Press TV report says.  Hundreds of Britons marched from Trafalgar Square in central London to the Downing Street on Saturday in an annual event to highlight the death of those in police custody, Press TV correspondent reported from London.

The event now entering its 13th year has seen a constant rise in the number of people who have died, either as the result of police brutality or in police custody, said the report.

Despite the increase in the number of people who have been killed either in or directly after police custody, no police officers had ever been convicted of murder or manslaughter and the families still seek answers.

The families of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper vendor who died at the G-20 summit, and Jean Charles De Menezez who was killed by the police on the London underground were among those seeking justice.

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