Rioters won’t spend time in jail

Re: “Riot justice comes with a price tag,” editorial, www.surreyleader.com, June 21.

Surely, there’s nothing to worry about the “firm” hand of our justice system meting out our unique brand of Canadian justice.

Irrespective of court funding problems, Canada’s all-purpose Charter of Rights and Freedoms will come in handy for all those who, in response to being charged with criminal conduct during their post-playoff “love-in,” will claim having their charter rights to free expression violated.

After all… that’s the Canadian way, assuring that none of the looters and arsonists will see the inside of a jail cell, but instead will have to endure the wrath of Canada’s tough judicial system by being made to suffer the indignity of house arrest and the severe punishment of conditional sentences.

Indeed, can a class action suit against the City of Vancouver be far behind on behalf of all rioters whose pictures were taken without their explicit consent, in clear violation of their charter rights to personal “privacy”?

Indeed, when everything is said and done, the rioters will emerge unscathed as the true “victims” of Vancouver’s 2011 post-game riot.

 

E.W. Bopp, Tsawwassen

Surrey North Delta Leader

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