3. There is not one culprit for every misfortune.
Sometimes it could simply be a devastating coincidence – or fate – that in sum causes terrible misfortune. Almost everyone has driven too fast on the motorway or failed to look in the mirror when overtaking. Many have already taken to the wheel with light alcoholisation or overtired. In most cases nothing happens with such “everyday sins”.
In the Loveparade trial it turned out that each of the defendants made similar mistakes. The planners overestimated the number of visitors. The city council ignored warnings that the escape routes might not be sufficient. The police acted unhappily during the incident and did not find a way to direct the streams of visitors into safe lanes. Nevertheless, it is accurate that a court feels neither legally able nor morally obliged to hold the individual defendants responsible for the entire accident in the criminal proceedings. The moral guilt rests on hundreds of shoulders.