South Yorkshire Police chief constable David Crompton is to be investigated over an internal email he sent concerning publication of the Hillsborough Disaster’s Independent Panel Report.
The investigation has been launched after families of the victims complained about the emails to South Yorkshire Police and Crime Comissioner Shaun Wright.
In the email, the chief said the families’ “version of certain events has become ‘the truth’ even though it isn’t.”
The message was sent just days before publication of the Independent Panel Report - which slated the authorities and found there had been a cover up by South Yorkshire Police.
Mr Crompton’s email to senior staff read: “One thing is certain - the Hillsborough Campaign for Justice will be doing their version... in fact their version of certain events has become ‘the truth’ even though it isn’t!!
“I just have the feeling that the media ‘machine’ favours the families and not us, so we need to be a bit more innovative in our response to have a fighting chance otherwise we will just be roadkill.”
Commissioner Wright said: “I have recorded a complaint against the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton, in relation to internal emails concerning the Hillsborough tragedy and its aftermath.
“The request has been submitted by a firm of solicitors in Liverpool acting on behalf of a number of individuals affected by the event. “This is a formal complaint, which must be dealt with in accordance with statutory procedures.
He has appointed Chief Constable Simon Parr of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, to investigate.
Mr Crompton apologised in February and said he had “not intended to challenge the integrity and views of those who had lost loved ones in the Hillsborough Disaster”.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission found the comments but did not amount to ‘recordable conduct’.