Investigating the Love Parade Tragedy Did One Police Officer's Order Lead to Disaster?

Did a single police order result in the deaths of 21 people at last summer's Love Parade? According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, several security personnel have accused an officer of demanding that a crowd control facility be opened. The resulting flood of visitors may have directly contributed to the tragedy.
Mourners laying candles and flowers last August at the site of the Love Parade disaster in Duisburg.

Mourners laying candles and flowers last August at the site of the Love Parade disaster in Duisburg.

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