David Duckenfield, Hillsborough match commander, has been charged with offences that occurred at the time of the Hillsborough disaster – along with former chief constable Sir Norman Bettison and a handful of other individuals.
The human crush that unfolded at Hillsborough stadium in 1989, where 96 Liverpool fans were killed in the incident following an FA Cup semi-final.
Mr Duckenfield now faces charges over the deaths of 95 of the 96 men, women, and children. However, prosecutors state he cannot be charged with the death of victim Tony Bland, as he died four years after the tragedy.
The families of the victims gathered together in Warrington as they waited to hear the verdict decisions made by Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter-terrorism division.
She then made her announcement: the match commander has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 of those killed.
After allegedly lying about the accountability of fans, Sir Norman faces four charges of misconduct in a public office.
Graham Mackrell is accused with the breach of Health and Safety at Sports Ground legislation.
Peter Matcalf, Donald Denton and Alan Foster also face charges of their own: perverting the course of Justice, due to changes to witness statements.
Ms Hemming stated that the conduct of the West Midlands Police needs “additional investigative work.”
“Additionally, just this week, the IPCC has referred two further suspects which are unconnected to the matters sent to us in January,” she continued. “These subjects are subject to ongoing consideration by the CPS. We will announce our decisions in due course.
“The suspects referred to the CPS included individuals and organisations.
“Following these thorough investigations and our careful review of the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I have decided there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences.”
Following new inquests into the crush, 96 were found to be unlawfully killed as a result of the tragedy.
The jury discovered errors in police planning and response, as well as the ambulance service response. Faults in actions taken by commanding officers, the safety certification of the ground, and the management of the stadium were also identified.
Excluding Duckenfield, all of the defendants are to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on August 8.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, commented that it would be a “monumental day in the fight for justice.”
“It is a day that many thought would never come and a day that, on more than one occasion, seemed impossible.
“The uncompromising determination and fight from the families and campaigners over the last 28 years has been an example to the rest of the country that sometimes, the impossible is achievable.”
However, he added that there was “a way to go” before justice could happen.
“We have to allow that process to happen and trust that those responsible will be held accountable for their actions,” he said.