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Riot site gets 88,000 hits less than 24 hours after launch

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver Police call the response to their riot website overwhelming, but they’re still keeping mum on anything to do with tomorrow’s release of the riot review.

“It’s been fantastic, and even though a couple of months have passed we feel that there is a strong sense out there in the community that they want people brought to justice and they want it done the right way, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” says Const. Jana McGuinness with the Vancouver Police Department.

The website has had 88,000 hits since it launched yesterday, 140 tips, and eight of 40 suspects identified.

Though charges have yet to be laid, McGuinness says they’re trying to collect as much information as they can on each suspect before recommending charges.

As for the riot report – McGuinness says police will respond when ready after taking time to thoroughly read it.

The independent riot review already has its critics. Vancouver’s lone NPA councillor, Suzanne Anton, says review co-chairs John Furlong and Douglas Keefe have been given access to information the public has not seen, but she wonders if it’s enough.

“How did that information get filtered, who did it get filtered through?” she asks. “Will they have really objective information from people, will they have had the opportunity to question people?”

Anton says she is not confident the riot report will satisfy questions about the riot.

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