South Yorkshire’s chief constable David Crompton calls Hillsborough campaigners liars
AND still it comes, the drip of police bile and subterfuge that defamed the Hillsbourgh victims as agents of their own deaths. Just days before the truth was established to a degree that even the conniving elite found impossible to deny, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire accused the families of Hillsborough victims of lying. On September 8, 2012, four days before the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report was released, David Crompton wrote in an e-mail to Andy Holt, his assistant chief constable, and Mark Thompson, the force’s head of media:
“Their version of certain events has become ‘the truth’ even though it isn’t.”
Truth. The email was released by the South Yorkshire Police & Crime commissioner, Shaun Wright, following a Freedom of Information request by the Daily Star’s Johnathan Corke.
“In effect it amounts to the case for the defence. One thing is certain — the Hillsborough Campaign for Justice will be doing their version … in fact their version of certain events has become ‘the truth’ even though it isn’t….
“I just have the feeling that the media ‘machine’ favours the families and not us, so we need to be a bit more innovative in our response to have a fighting chance, otherwise we will just be roadkill.”
Did they complain when section of the media machine were broadcasting police lies?
Update: He’s now apologised:
“The email from last September was written prior to the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report. It was never intended to cause any offence and I apologise if it has done so. Nor was it intended to challenge the integrity and views of those who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough disaster.
If is caused offence? His apology suggests being called a liar might not be offensive. So long as it wasn’t his intention to call the relatives of the innocent dead liars then he can’t be held to account can you, David Crompton. It’s not him. It’s you…
This picture may only be used within the context of the Hillsborough court case. An undated file showing the tunnel at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground, shown to the jury at Leeds Crown Court. * ...at a private prosecution brought by the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield and Superintendent Bernard Murray deny the manslaughter of two of the victims of the disaster at the FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground on April 15, 1989.