Senior officers retiring to escape Hillsborough discipline is shameful!

 

Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield retired with a full police pension to avoid being disciplined for his mismanagement of the Hillsborough disaster. Remember he was not only the man who gave the order to open the gate, but also the nam who lied about his order and in doing so fuelled the early lies that the media ran with. Having survived a private prosecution by the families, the South Yorkshire Police brought disciplinary charges against him but he was allowed to escape that procedure through retirement in the early 90’s, his full police pension intact. Last I heard he was playing a lot of golf in Dorset, and is away on holiday now by all accounts.
 
More than two decades later, Norman Bettison is doing the same thing! The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said in March 2013 that Norman Bettison had a case to answer for “discreditable conduct and abuse of authority” in relation to Hillsborough and the subsequent cover-up which would justify dismissal if found guilty, yet his recent retirement means that he cannot be disciplined either.
 
Two senior officers retired out of harms way. Two senior officers with a huge role in the story of the Hillsborough Disaster, who are retiring their way out of justice. That cannot be right can it?
 
If you agree that Bettison should still face up to his past actions, please sign the petition:
 
 
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4 thoughts on “Senior officers retiring to escape Hillsborough discipline is shameful!

  1. Duckenfield should face action if Bettison does and any officer or official found to have helped in the cover-up.

  2. “The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said in March 2013 that Norman Bettison had a case to answer for “discreditable conduct and abuse of authority” in relation to Hillsborough and the subsequent cover-up which would justify dismissal if found guilty”

    Agree wholeheartedly with the gist of this article (signed and shared the petition some time ago), but just for the record, what you wrote here isn’t strictly accurate. The IPCC were criticising his behaviour after the HIP Report was published last year, in particular his attempt to influence the process by which the West Yorkshire Police referred him to the Commission. They have not yet offered any conclusions on his conduct in relation to the Disaster itself or the cover-up, and are unlikely to for some time yet. When they do, assuming they uphold the complaint, they are likely to be far more damning and scathing than just saying “a case to answer”.

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