The Criminal Justice Branch is out with a comprehensive look at the Stanley Cup Riot in Vancouver, and the arrests that followed. Fans rioted in June of 2011 when the Canucks lost to Boston in Game Seven.
During the riot, there were 112 businesses damaged, 122 vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and 52 assaults were reported against civilians, police, and emergency personnel.
On the night of the riot, just over one thousand emergency response personnel were deployed to the downtown core of Vancouver.
- 928 police officers, of which 606 were members of the Vancouver Police Department, the remainder were RCMP members or members of other lower mainland municipal police departments;
- 63 members of the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and;
- 44 members of the British Columbia Ambulance Service.
When it was all over and done, more than 900 charges were laid against over 360 suspected rioters.
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Three major events are identified in the report, including:
- 316 individuals who broke into the London Drugs at Granville & Georgia;
- Rioters began looting the Hudsons Bay department store, forcing employees to close the store early and hide on the top floor. Even then, rioters broke through locked doors and smashed through windows to continue looting;
- Assault of Mr.Mackay, who was swarmed and assaulted by 13 rioters when he tried to stop rioters from damaging and looting the Bay.
The riot started in front of the Canada Post office on Georgia Street and quickly spread throughout the downtown core.