Vancouver Riots: Authorities To Discuss Charges

Vancouver Riot Wall

First Posted: 06/20/11 12:43 PM ET Updated: 08/20/11 06:12 AM ET

CBC -- Prosecutors and police were to meet in Vancouver Monday morning to talk about criminal charges stemming from the city's Stanley Cup riot.

So far, about a half dozen people have been formally charged after the Canucks' Game 7 loss last week to the Boston Bruins, despite others turning themselves in to police.

Authorities have been poring over thousands of images of people destroying property or looting. Despite the wealth of evidence, however, Crown prosecutors aren't assured convictions, Burnaby lawyer Lee Rankin told CBC News, even with a picture or video of someone looting a store.

Coun. Heather Deal said the city doesn't want to destroy the wall, on which people wrote their reactions to the destruction and mayhem.

"They are all so important, they are all so heartfelt, they are all so amazingly touching." Deal said. "I mean most of us were in tears looking at them over the last couple of days."

People with suggestions for preserving the comments are being asked to contact city hall.

"They may have enough grounds to get the search warrants to go to that person's home and recover the item, 'cause it will be hard to charge them unless they link a specific item to that particular store," he said.

"Even if they see them taking it out, when you get to court, you have to probably have the stolen item."

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has promised to pursue harsh punishments for those behind the mayhem, and some have predicted that 500 to 1,000 people to eventually face criminal charges.

Already, the criminal-justice aftermath of the June 15 post-game riot has taken some surprising turns.

A rising star on Canada's junior water polo team made an emotional public apology for his role in the riot.

Nathan Kotylak, 17, sobbed as he told a Vancouver television station during the weekend that his actions were "dumb" and he is prepared to face the consequences.

Kotylak said he's not looking for sympathy, but he wants people to know there have already been serious consequences for his actions, and he expects there will be more.

Kotylak turned himself into police after social media sites posted pictures showing a youth stuffing a rag into the gas tank of a police car.

As well, Facebook and YouTube have been filled with evidence of people looting and rioting, including efforts to name the perpetrators.

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