South Korea’s Nationwide Police Company on Wednesday raided native police departments within the capital, Seoul, and the town’s Yongsan district workplace because it investigates whether or not official ineptitude contributed to a lethal crowd surge that killed 156 folks within the neighborhood of Itaewon.
The raids got here a day after the nationwide company acknowledged that Seoul police didn’t act for hours regardless of receiving at the least 11 emergency calls from pedestrians warning a few swelling crowd of Halloween revelers getting uncontrolled forward of the crush on Saturday in a slim alley close to Hamilton Resort.
The nationwide company stated members of its particular investigation unit have been retrieving paperwork and different supplies from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Company and Yongsan’s police station, district workplace and hearth division and different places of work. Native officers and police have confronted sharp questions on why they didn’t make use of crowd controls or adequate personnel within the small nightlife district regardless of anticipating a crowd of 100,000 following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in latest months.
Nationwide police chief Yoon Hee Keun additionally acknowledged Tuesday that its preliminary investigations discovered that law enforcement officials didn’t successfully deal with calls notifying authorities in regards to the potential hazard of the gang gathering in Itaewon.
Yoon stated police have launched an intense inside probe into the officers’ dealing with of the emergency calls and different points, together with the on-the-spot response to the gang surge in Itaewon that night time.
South Korea’s inside minister and emergency workplace chief, the Seoul mayor and the top of the Yongsan ward workplace, which governs Itaewon, have all provided public apologies.
As of Wednesday, 156 folks have been confirmed as lifeless and 157 have been being handled for accidents after they have been trampled in a crowd surge centered in a slim alley that runs between the resort and a dense row of storefronts.