In June of 2011 the Canucks were playing in the championship for the Stanley Cup. (Ice hockey for those who are not fans). They were doing great and made it to the 7th game where they choked and did not score a single point. They lost the game 4-0 and apparently this was quite upsetting to some of the fans. They began throwing beer bottles at the giant televisions that had been set up in a staged area for fans and then started setting garbage cans and even cars on fire. This was the beginning of a huge riot that tore through the peaceful city of Vancouver and made headlines around the world. Fistfights were going on all around and cars were even flipped over. The police ended up having to use flash bombs to try to regain some sort of control over the situation. Hundreds of people were trapped in a theater by the rioters and could not get out for hours. The level of debt and bad credit loans for cars rose drastically during the aftermath, see bad-credit-loans.ca.
The resulting investigation lasted over 2 years and cost an estimated $2 million in damage and legal fees. When it was finally over with there were more than 100 people arrested and an even greater number that were injured. One rioter even took a firework to the groin! 1 person was critically injured, 4 were stabbed and 9 of the police officers trying to regain control of the situation were injured as well. The legal implications of a riot are catastrophic, nothing had happened like this in Vancouver since 1994. This time however, due to the advancing technology with cell phones and cameras a lot of people were standing by taking pictures and video; almost all of which ended up on the internet. Millions of photos were delivered to the authorities who had to sift through them looking for evidence and finding out who was responsible for what. There were even 3 Australians who were later arrested for the parts that they took in the riot. Many people had reputation problems afterwards which lead to the need for ways to boost credit scores and secure a loan.
Damage to Cars and Vehicles
It’s safe to say the lawyers for this event will make a fortune, personal injury and criminal lawyers alike. ICBC, an insurance company in Vancouver sued 46 people for damaging over 77 cars and vehicles that were insured by them and damaged or destroyed in the riot. This was a civil suit and not a criminal one. It was reported that ICBC had paid claims totaling over half of a million dollars in claims for vehicles that had smashed windows or scratches. There were vehicles that had been overturned, had been caved in from people jumping on them or hit with different objects and even set on fire. It was also reported that most of the 77 vehicles in question were damaged too badly to repair and so they were written off. There were also 2 police cars that were set on fire. All in all, 17 vehicles were burned.
More than 15,000 people showed up the day after the riots to help with clean up. They took a day off of work to prove to the world that not all Canuck fans were as bad as the people who rioted.
It was later found that the riot had been started by a small group of people who had actually come to watch the game with the specific intention of starting a very unpeaceful riot. Some of them had been linked to protests at the opening day for the 2010 Winter Olympics. When they came to watch the game that night they brought things with them like gasoline, eye protection and other assorted tools that were used in smashing up cars and store windows. They even through newspaper boxes that were left in the area through windows. Property damage has been estimated at $4.2 million.