Criminal Charges Filed In Fatal Stampede That Killed 21 People At 2010 Love Parade In Germany

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Criminal Charges Filed In Fatal Stampede That Killed 21 People At 2010 Love Parade In Germany

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that ten people are now facing criminal charges stemming from a  2010 stampede that killed 21 people at the Love Parade, a techno focused music festival. That year, the festival took place in the city of Duisberg in northwest Germany.

From the Times:

Four city workers and six private event organizers face a range of charges from bodily harm in involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, they could face up to five years in jail.

A reported 500,000 people attended the festival in Duisberg. The venue, a former rail yard, was equipped to handle only 250,000.

Duisberg city prosecutor Horst Bien told news outlets "Something happened on 24 July 2010 that should never have happened... We weren't looking to see who was morally or politically responsible but instead focused only on who was criminally liable."

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The deaths are reported to have occurred because of a stampede of fans that pushed through an underpass that provided access to the festival.

"Mistakes in planning were the main reason for the disaster" said Bien.

Source: LA Times