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VPD launches site to identify rioters

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver Police are asking you to help them catch some of the people most wanted for their participation in the Stanley Cup riot in June.  The VPD has launched an interactive website, which currently has 40 pictures of suspected rioters.

The website has been receiving nearly 2200 hits per hour since its launch yesterday morning.

Police Chief Jim Chu is encouraging everyone to log on to see if they recognize anyone and to offer the person’s name, details, and how police will be able to get in contact with them.

Overall, investigators have about 200 people they want to identify.  One person has already been identified, despite the website only having gone live yesterday morning.

The VPD also says 42 people have turned themselves in to police since the riot.

Once again, Chief Chu was forced to defend the VPD over the lack of charges stemming from the incident.  He was visibly frustrated but he’s ensuring people that the most serious charges will be laid and people with less serious offences will face a lesser kind of justice.

“In essence, someone who has committed a multitude of rioting related acts could use the ‘rush to justice’ to evade being held accountable and punished for these other serious acts,” says Chief Chu.

“Rushing the case to court means that the judge has no way of knowing if this is an isolated act, or part of a pattern of serious rioting.  That is why we want to do a full and thorough investigation before we bring a suspect to court.  That is our job and our duty.”

Meantime, the results of an independent review of the riot will be released tomorrow.

President and CEO of London Drugs Wynne Powell hopes the independent review will include recommendations that will keep businesses safer.  He also wants his idea of police surveillance cameras to be considered.  The store at Granville and Georgia Streets was hit for more than $500,000 worth of damage.

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