United Kingdom Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has condemned the work culture of the South Yorkshire police officers and blamed them of preferring their own interest over the Hillsborough public.
Burnham has been a constant campaigner for the Hillsborough disaster. He has always been after finding out the truth behind the incident that occurred in 1989 that claimed the lives of 96 football fans. The court’s verdict ruled that the fans were in no way responsible for the disaster and it was a police official’s mishandling of the crowd that led to the incident. The judgment provided the shadow home minister a sigh of relief, which prompted him to deliver a powerful speech and invite applause from MPs.
Burnham said that whatever the court discovered in the whole matter was very simple and clear and the ones responsible for the loss of 96 lives at Hillsborough stadium must be held accountable. “But it begged the question,” The Guardian quoted him as saying. “How could something so obvious have taken so long? Three reasons. First, a police force which has consistently put protecting itself above protecting people harmed by Hillsborough. Second, collusion between that force and complicit print media. Third, a flawed judicial system that gives the upper hand to those in authority over and above ordinary people.”
The shadow minister called for the resignation of the chief constable of South Yorkshire police as the police force was following a “rotten” work culture.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May also demanded a no tolerance notion against the police officers involved, thereby demanding for criminal charges to punish them. “Clearly, the jury’s determination that those who died were unlawfully killed was of great public importance,” she said. “It overturns in the starkest way possible the verdict of accidental death of the first inquest.”
Meanwhile, chief constable of South Yorkshire Police David Crompton has been suspended following the findings of Hillsborough inquest verdict. According to ESPN FC, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings said that he was left with no other option than to suspend Crompton after he was found guilty of the Hillsborough disaster.