Police showed weakness

As in 1994, the hockey hooligans were out in full force this year, probably encouraged by organized anarchists who will use any opportunity to undermine our present laws.

What absolutely amazed me was the lax attitude by the Vancouver police and the riot squad during this whole sad event.

Such was probably out of fear that again some could be charged with “police brutality.”

It has become very apparent that many of our younger generation have no respect for the law. Such is very understandable as we have no adequate punishment and too many “ambulance-chasing lawyers” and appointed judges who cannot be held accountable for their previous decisions during re-election unlike as in the U.S.

It appears that our Canadian justice system is like one big family feeding on crime instead of upholding our laws.

Further, it was hard to understand why Vancouver was so ill-prepared for this riot, which was predicted by many in case of a loss or even a win by the Canucks.

Police weapons appeared to be completely inadequate and failed to move offenders out of the downtown area. Their 30-inch wooden riot sticks still left smiles on the faces of many who got hit. I am sure in other countries more drastic measures would have been taken like the use of rubber bullets. Trucks equipped with water cannons have proven to be excellent tools to move crowds as I have seen in Europe as they would have blown some of these punks right off their feet.

As a teenager I was hit for no reason by a mounted riot officer who struck me with his four-foot-long leather riding whip. It left a purple mark on my back from my shoulder to my waist.

After 55 years I still remember the pain and made sure I was never anywhere where such could happen again.

Maybe next event, Vancouver should be prepared much better and have army commandos on stand-by who will certainly be less tolerant than the Vancouver police.

 

Pieter Spierenburg, Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

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