In Germany last month, the Duisbury District Court rejected prosecution charges against authorities and event organisers of the 2010 Love Parade – where 13 women and 8 men lost their lives; crushed to death when a panicked stampede broke out in the tunnel entrance to the 2010 event. The event was established in 1989 originally in Berlin, as a free-access music festival, with floats, DJ’s and dancers attracting a crowd of around 1.4 million people. In what has become an important case study in major event planning of crowds internationally, at the incident involved crowds becoming caught up in the tunnel entrance to the event, with certain decisions by authorities being questions as to have exacerbated the circumstances around the crush.
In a summary of the caught ruling was the prosecutors failure to “establish proof for the acts of negligence the defendants have been charged with, and for their causality".
The prosecution based much of their evidence on reporting a British crowd safety expert, who was criticised for “Contextual and methodological defects” and for impartiality for publicly discussing the case.
And so this legal outcome gives no justice to the families of the victims, and lacks clarity around learnings for future event planners that is founded in law.