>> More than 28 years on from Britain's worse sporting disaster. And criminal charges are being brought against six people over the events at Hillsborough soccer stadium in 1989. 96 Liverpool supporters died in an overcrowded fenced in enclosure during an FA Cup semi-final in the northern city of Sheffield.
Police first blamed the disaster on drunken fans. Something rejected by relatives and the wider Liverpudlian community whose campaign for justice has taken almost three decades. A fact acknowledged by British Prime Minister Theresa May.>> Today will be a day of really mixed emotions for them. But I welcome the fact that charging decisions have been taken.
I think that is an important step forward.>> The UK's crown prosecution service announced Wednesday it was leveling charges against four former police officers, a lawyer who acted for the police and a safety officer at the stadium.>> I have decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offenses.
>> David Duckenfield, a former police chief superintendent who was in charge of operations at Hillsborough, is charged with manslaughter by gross negligence. Norman Bettison, a former police chief constable, was charged with four offenses of misconduct in public office. They include allegations he told lies about his involvement in the aftermath of the disaster and the culpability of fans.
Charges against the four remaining defendants including perverting the course of justice, contravening safety regulations and misconduct in public office.