VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Many of rioters from Wednesday night are getting a lot of exposure on TV and in social media, but now there’s a concern we might see some vigilante justice.
News1130 is asking police if they think there’ll be a public backlash.
“I don’t think that’s a consideration,” says Surrey RCMP Corporal Drew Granger. “I think this is going to be an issue of people doing the right thing for the right reason.”
He thinks people will let police handle the hoodlums and we won’t see any vigilante justice. “These people that committed these acts, they deserve to be brought before the justice system. I think vigilantism will just blend into the mindset of the people that created these criminal acts.”
“This is becoming a big investigation and with all the media out there with the images.. it’s just a matter of time before these people are brought to justice,” says Granger.
Teen turns himself in
Mounties say a 17-year old boy has turned himself in after pictures of him looting during the riot popped up on the Internet.
Police want him charged for with looting the Louis Vuitton store on Howe and Georgia. They’re also hoping he’ll be charged with destroying a Vancouver Police car, which was flipped upside down during the rioting.
They can’t name him because he’s underage, but police are thanking him for taking responsibility for his actions.
“The prudent thing to do is to just turn yourself in,” explains Corporal Granger. “This is an investigation that’s not going to go away. We have multiple officers involved with special prosecutors.”
If you know anyone who was involved in the riot to call the police. You can also send your photos and videos to Vancouver Police.