It’s four years after the 2011 Stanley Cup riots, yet the memory of the day continues to send shivers down the spines of those affected.
One restaurant owner remembers the 2011 Stanley cup finals as a horrific night.
“It was basically out of a zombie movie.”
Francesco Caligiuri remembers taking cover in his restaurant, Da Gino Ristorante, hoping going inside would keep him safe.
“But it ended up being a little bit more dangerous because glass was breaking and shattering in front of us.”
The days that follow Caligiuri says the community outreach was amazing.
“I kind of saw the city in the worst and the best 24 and within hours.”
But he still feels too many people got away with it.
“Nothing’s really been done in comparison of what they caused. Not enough people have paid the price.”
Caligiuri says while he’s moving on — he wanted to see more rioters charged.
“Not enough people have paid the price. Maybe a few people did but not everybody, and so I kind of gave up hope on that.”
Despite this, Caligiuri hopes some day Vancouver celebrates another big game together – and this time safely.
Meanwhile, there are still a number of cases needing to be pushed through the courts.
An update from the Criminal Justice Branch reported that 887 criminal charges were approved against 300 rioters, with 285 of them entering guilty pleas, and 281 sentenced.
The first batch of charges came in October of 2011 when a group of 60 suspects were prosecuted.
To date, eight people have gone to trial, with one person acquitted and the other seven convicted of all charges.
One outstanding warrant remains in place for an individual who no longer resides in the country, while four others had their charges stayed by Crown counsel.