1. I agree with you.

      As a local, and having watched the events unfolding live on TV, I’d have to say that the police share some of the blame. Their game plan started off as “smiles and handshakes” which obviously didn’t work 100%

      The trouble started with a small group of maybe 100 people who started the first car-b-que. The police should have stepped in right there, but instead they stayed on the sidelines. Once more people became involved (the lemming effect) the police then moved in, parted the crowd, and pushed everybody outwards. I think they should have surrounded the troublemakers, and closed in.

      As the police pushed people back, the troublemakers moved to other areas that had been peaceful until that point, notably Granville St. The live TV coverage during the first few car fires was quick to point out how peaceful Granville St was, despite being predicted as a hotspot. Of course, 10 minutes later a surge of troublemakers can be seen, with tear gas canisters hot on their trail.

      Had the police acted swiftly with those first 100 or so people, the rest would have gotten the message that we won’t tolerate that crap. Instead they let it rage like a brushfire.

      1. Exactly. We need to suppress any insurrection at the first whiff of discontent swiftly and brutally. Look what happened in Egypt and compare to what happened with the protests in Iran.

        On another, more serious note: that other guy just popped out of nowhere like he was being dispensed from a gumball machine. That was kind of neat.

      2. That’s just normal police procedure. You don’t normally engage 100+ people head on because it’ll turn into a messy, bloody battle that willl pin you down. So you try to push & disperse. And surrounding troublemakers really only works in squares why you can seal off exit points with relatively few personnel. Remember: the rioters are always in the majority.

  1. would have been interesting to watch except the embed code and related video crap from YouTube pops over the video when it still has a few seconds left. Normally not a problem if there is fade-out at the end but when it is a 13 second video a good chunk is hidden by YouTube code.

  2. i think the police did a great job at not being aggressive. the last thing this city needs is to promote police violence as its first line of defense. sure, stuff got destroyed, places got robbed, but the police were simply outnumbered and acting violently right away wouldn’t have helped at all, simply because of the numbers. did the major ask for it by inviting everyone downtown to watch the game outside on giant rented screens? that’s also open for debate because every game prior to this one was peaceful. i’d be sad if this were used as a political talking point to elect a less progressive, positive, community orientated mayor.

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