‘Riot roundup’ poster rolls out

Latest Vancouver Police tactic to try to identify suspected rioters




Vancouver Police aided by volunteers are handing out 35,000 glossy posters that show 104 suspects wanted for their alleged roles in the June 15 Stanley Cup riot.

The ‘Riot roundup’ posters will go to colleges, universities, high schools, transportation hubs and other high traffic areas.

“It’s our hope that as many people as possible view these photographs and help us identify these suspected rioters,” VPD Chief Jim Chu said.

Chu said he doesn’t accept suggestions that the riot happened a long time ago or that it may not be worth the ongoing effort.

“We care about what happened to the victims that night,” he said. “We care about the damage to the reputation of our city. We also care that as many rioters as possible are held accountable for the terror, damage and carnage they inflicted on others the night of the riot.”

He called the use of the poster an extraordinary but justified measure.

The VPD has so far forwarded 163 charges against 60 alleged rioters to Crown counsel.

More than a third of the initial suspects are from Surrey and another third are from either Vancouver or Burnaby.

Images of suspected rioters are also posted on the VPD’s riot website at https://vancouver.ca/police/riot2011/

Part of the ‘Riot roundup’ poster being distributed by the VPD.