Vancouver Riots – A Taste of Western Social Media

Vancouver Riots 2011 06 15

Vancouver should of been sad and depressed after the loss to the Bruins after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, gone home, and mourned, and reflected upon an amazing season by the Vancouver Canucks.

Instead, small groups of individuals took it upon themselves to start throwing objects at a large television screen, flip over a car, start fires, vandalize and destroy one of the most beautiful downtown cores in the world.

Vancouver Police Department with assistance from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, quickly brought these rioters under control after three hours, showing amazing control and restraint under some very tense conditions.

Within’ minutes of these hooligans starting this 3 hours of destruction and violence, civilians started tweeting, phoning and volunteering photos and video of the actions of small groups of individuals.

This is why it disturbs me to see “socially concious” idiots make comments like this:

First of all, before the Vancouver Police Department even thought of asking civilians to volunteer video (of which they were taking their own) persons on the streets were volunteering these images.  There was an outpouring of support for the Vancouver Police Department, and disgust and emberassment flowing from those watching these horrific events unfold.

The question I ask, if we don’t police ourselves and follow our own morale codes, who does then.

Be proud of yourself, your on video.

Be proud of yourself, your picture has been taken.

We should be proud we live in a country that allows us so much liberty and freedom, and judging by statements made by the Vancouver Police Department, the main instigators of this destruction were not Vancouverites.  These were professional malcontents and anarchists that we saw suppressed and arrested at the beginning of the 2010 Winter Olympic games, that attempted to bring fear and unrest to a celebratory city.

This is 2011, not 1994, and everyone has a recording device, and there is instant ability to upload pictures to YouTube, FaceBook, and Twitter.  The minute these pictures and videos are uploaded, they become the property of the appropriate hosting sites, they are not longer owned by the one who took the photo.  They are also now a part of the public domain, available for download and viewing by anyone in the world.

We live in a one of the greatest free and democratic countries in the world, were we take freedom for granted, and that allows these “socially concious” morons to make comments such as the one about Big Brother.  These same rights also allow me to make comments on my blog, and call this said person a moron.

ALSO: A plea from the web desk at The Province. This amateur video (the relevant part starts around the 3:15 mark) shows looters beating a man who tried to put a stop to the destruction. Do you know this man? Please email if you can help us get in touch.

The response from the public wanting to help the police identify the individuals involved in last night’s criminal activity has been overwhelming. We are grateful for everyone’s help and have included instructions below for anyone wanting to anonymously share videos with our investigators.

For photos, please send them to

To anonymously upload videos to the VPD, please upload them to youtube as private videos and share them with

Here are the instructions on how to do this:

1. Sign in to your YouTube account and upload the video.

2. Once the video has finished uploading, click the Account link located at the top right of any page.

3. Next, click the Uploaded Videos link. Click and choose the video you want to send to us. Then, click the Edit button.

4. Under the Broadcasting and Sharing Options section (on the left-hand side of the page towards the bottom) you’ll see Privacy options. Click the little black arrow/triangle to expand and see all your privacy options (if it’s not already open and you cannot see your privacy options).

5. If the video is set to Private, you’ll see a section to enter an email. Enter in this section.

6. Click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

For more information visit:

Read more:

Want to send photos/video to cops to help I.D. people taking part in the riot? Police tell you how


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