Posted by Don McLenaghen on June 25, 2011
Having read this over my recent blog “Who’s to blame when a riot breaks out?”, I see I did not make some of my own opinions clear. First, I think the riot was a bad and sad thing (even if to some degree understanding).
Second, the reasons for the riot were inexcusable. IF this was a riot to make some socio-economic or political point, I still may not excuse it but at least I could see that those ‘acting’ had some purpose. Seriously, what were people thinking; that if they only burnt enough cars the NHL would say “oh, i see this meant a lot to you, okay we will take back the cup from Boston and give it to the Cunucks”.
The last thing and perhaps the most egregious of the injuries done is that because of this riot, the RCMP have gained unprecedented access to personal identification information (i.e. access to ICBC database). We all (or most) may think that in THIS case, a strong crackdown is warranted but having given the green light (for this and other methods of social censorship and police surveillance) for the law enforcement establishment to use this at will in the future for events we may not feel as supportive or comfortable with…remember what happened at G20. For this last one, I think the most harm has been done by both the original riot and the justifiable backlash(or rebound-riot).