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27 Years Later, Justice Comes For The Families Of The 96 Killed At Hillsborough Stadium

On April 15, 1989, during an FA Cup semifinal soccer match at the Hillsborough Stadium between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, 96 spectators were killed due to heavy crushing and overcrowding. 

The initial account by police was that the disaster was caused by drunk and unruly Liverpool fans who entered the stadium without tickets.

But 27 years later, in what became the longest legal inquest in England history, justice was finally brought to the victims’ families. A jury found that the fans had died unlawfully after a series of fatal mistakes by the Yorkshire Police Department. 

Mark George, a lawyer who represented 22 families of victims of the Hillsborough tragedy, joins us to discuss the latest findings in England’s worst soccer stadium tragedy in history.

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