The official response to the Itaewon crowd crush fuels feelings of unfairness and suspicion
The exact state of Lee Joo-bedroom young’s on the night she departed and didn’t return on October 29 has been preserved.
Her father Jung-min smiles and explains, “She was a fascinating girl.
“She had her own firm, therefore she was undoubtedly a leader. She controlled both my wife and her brother in addition to me.”
Joo-young, who would have been 30 this September, was engaged. She had really just purchased her wedding gown when she made the impulsive decision to spend Halloween night out with her fiance in Itaewon in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
That evening, a crush caused by extreme congestion in the neighborhood’s narrow streets would
Now, Mr. Lee and the other families who have lost loved ones in Seoul want justice to be done. He has been serving as vice-chair of the Association of Families of Itaewon Disaster Victims for the past month.
The crush may have been prevented, according to the results of a long-awaited police inquiry. It was a “man-made tragedy” due to inadequate planning, nonexistent crowd management, and a subpar emergency response.
Now facing prison time for “death by professional negligence” are 23 officials. Separately, two police officers were detained in November on suspicion of having directed the removal of an internal study that raised issues with safety around Halloween.
However, the majority of those charged are local council members and police personnel who work in the
In other words, senior South Korean officials have avoided taking responsibility for what occurred. It was referred to as “cutting off the lizard’s tail to spare the head” by the Association of Families of Itaewon Disaster Victims.
“We’ve never trusted the Special Police Division to conduct a thorough investigation.