Further inquest into tragedy
FURTHER to your story about the Hillsborough disaster inquiry (Sentinel, September 14).
I have always believed we were never told the full story about the disaster at Hillsborough in 1989.
I have written many times, always defending or praising our police force, and most probably will do again.
However, we have to be honest and say they made many mistakes.
There just has to be another inquest, even if only half of what I am hearing is true.
Some of these findings by the independent panel beggar belief, but we know now that these are not new, it was a cover-up from the start.
Many senior officers put the blame on the Liverpool fans, but it was these same fans who were seen carrying people on makeshift stretchers to safety, not the police.
Two of the most shocking things for me was firstly, the ground didn't have a valid safety certificate at the time of the match, and secondly, the report says 41 people might have lived if they had received medical treatment quickly.
Having read this, what must be going through the victims families' minds now?
I do believe that the public has a right to know the truth of what went wrong at Hillsborough. It could have been any of us who go to a match.
There did come some good out of the Hillsborough tragedy.
We brought in all-seater stadiums, sadly far too late for the 96.
My faith in the police force, which I was taught as a young boy to revere, has been dealt a major blow after the independent report.
Perhaps some of those on duty that day should have taken heed of the words by philosopher Edmund Burke, no relation: "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
J M BURKE