Jury: 96 fans 'unlawfully killed' in Hillsborough disaster

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 26, 2016 07:42 PM
Jury: 96 fans 'unlawfully killed' in Hillsborough disaster
Dortmund and Liverpool teams line up as the supporters remember the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster before the Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund in Liverpool, England, Thursday, April 14, 2016 . (AP Photo/Jon Super)
STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writers

ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writers


WARRINGTON, England (AP) — The 96 Liverpool soccer fans who died in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster were "unlawfully killed" because of errors by the police, a jury concluded Tuesday.

Relatives of the victims of the 1989 disaster, some wearing Liverpool scarves, were in tears outside a specially-built courtroom after new inquests into Britain's worst sporting disaster.

Fans chanted "Justice for the 96" and sang the Premier League club's anthem, "You'll Never Walk Alone" after hearing the verdicts.

Families spent more than a quarter of a century campaigning after being angered by the verdicts of accidental death at the original inquests following the April 1989 FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the stadium in Sheffield.

The original inquest verdicts were overturned in 2012 following a far-reaching inquiry into the disaster and new hearings held in Warrington, close to Liverpool in northwest England.

The jury, which had been considering 14 questions set out by the coroner, concluded the deaths constituted unlawful killing by a 7-2 majority, prompting sobbing and cheers at the hearing.

The jury also found that police planning errors "caused or contributed" to the situation that led to the crush, while confirming that the behavior of fans did not cause or contribute to the tragedy.

The verdicts are not the end of the fight for the victims' families. The Crown Prosecution Service said it will "formally consider whether any criminal charges should be brought against any individual or corporate body."

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Harris reported from London.

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