South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is due in court today to defend his decision to force the former Chief Constable out of his job.
Dr Alan Billings called for ex-Chief Constable David Crompton to resign in September last year, claiming a statement he made following the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans in Sheffield in 1989, damaged the public trust and confidence in South Yorkshire Police.
Ex-police chief David Crompton in resignation legal bid
There was “no fair basis” for the “draconian step” of forcing a South Yorkshire Police chief constable out of office, the High Court has heard.
David Crompton was suspended in April after he appeared to justify police questioning of fans’ behaviour in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.
His comments came after an inquest jury concluded force conduct contributed to or caused the deaths of 96 fans.
It later led to a resignation call by Dr Alan Billings.
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