Posted on December 14, 2011
UK’s rush to riot judgement triggers heavy jail terms
When UK authorities began charging thousands of young people within hours of that country’s widespread August rioting, BC commentators wanted to know why Vancouver’s police had yet to do the same for our June Stanley Cup trouble-makers.
Now the sentences are flowing from those UK arrests and the jail terms are staggering. Young lives are undoubtedly being ruined as punishment for a few moments of stupidity.
One mother of two, who slept through the riots but accepted a looted pair of shorts from a friend, is facing five months in prison. Another young woman who briefly took two left-foot running shoes, then left them behind: ten months.
Then there was the pair of young men who organized a Facebook page urging a riot, which they didn’t attend and which didn’t occur: four years!
It will interesting to see how BC courts respond. Community service, anyone?