Police urge charges for those in Stanley Cup riot
Monday, October 31, 2011
VANCOUVER (AP) -- Vancouver police are recommending that 60 people be charged with everything from assault to breaking and entering to rioting following the downtown Stanley Cup last June.
Police Chief Jim Chu says police have recommended the Crown approve a total of 163 charges. Chu said officers needed to spend the last four months investigating the mayhem.
Thousands of people lit fires, burned cars and looted stores following the Vancouver Canucks' loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
As of mid-October, 79 people acknowledged their part in the riot and spoke to investigators. An earlier report concluded police were overwhelmed by a massive and largely drunken crowd that streamed into the heart of downtown to watch the game on large TV screens.