The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has just released its monthly update about their ongoing Hillsborough investigation.
The investigation was launched after the Hillsborough inquest found that all 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed in the 1989 tragedy. April’s verdict asserted that Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield was “responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence” (via BBC).
In their update, the IPCC highlights three main lines of inquiry that are currently being looked at:
- “Whether West Midlands Police’s inquiry met accepted standards of criminal investigations of the time.”
- “Analysing police officers’ oral evidence at the Taylor Inquiry and the original inquests to see if it was consistent with their written accounts from the time.”
- “Assessment and analysis of the officers’ accounts that were not included in the file of evidence presented to the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1990.”
They are also looking at complaints against several individual members of the force and investigating the temporary morgue where families identified the victims at the time.
The collated evidence will be handed over to the Crown Prosecution Service later this year who will then decide what criminal charges should be brought forward.