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Police Re-Evaluate Rioters

When the Vancouver Canucks lost 4-0 to the Boston Bruins, the Stanley Cup loss was followed by rioting in the streets. The crowd of about 100,000 turned over cars, burned buildings, smashed windows, looted stores and generally vandalized the city. Police originally believed (and the latest sports headlines asserted) that a small group of individuals consisting mainly of anarchists, thugs and criminals – were at the heart of the rioting. This assumption was based on the information they had at the time, said Police Chief Jim Chu, who now believes that rather than a small group with malicious intent, the rioting was more spontaneous and involved a wider variety of people, including young people with no previous criminal records. Seventeen year old Nathan Kotylak said of his participation, “After the game, some people in the crowd started to get out of control, and at that moment I made some very bad decisions, ones that I now have to live up to.”

So far, Sports 247 fans, the numbers are stacking up like this: 150 people were injured during the riots and around 100 people were arrested. Over a dozen more people have since come forward and turned themselves in to police for their actions during the riots. Police are now reviewing pictures, video and hearing witness testimony. All who participated in the riots are urged to get a lawyer and turn themselves in. Apparently, to do otherwise is to risk public embarrassment, as the Vancouver police department will be following up on arrests via the Integrated Riot Investigation Team. Those who turn themselves in can do so discretely and at the time of their choosing. “If you wait until we find you- and we will find you- we will arrest you in a public manner suitable to the public crimes you have committed” said Police Chief Chu.

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