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Vancouver riot suspects charged; an apology stirs strong emotions

June 21, 2011 |  8:43 pm

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The first charges have been filed against alleged participants in the Vancouver riots that followed last Wednesday’s loss by the Canucks to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Charges have been recommended against six others, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Some of those believed to have been involved have come forward to police. Others were outed on Facebook, YouTube and other social media.

An apology purportedly written by a young female riot participant  and posted online was later revised, perhaps because the writer realized that rationalizing the theft of two pairs of pants by saying “Everything just seemed so right” wasn’t going to satisfy anyone.

She made some interesting points about the darker side of social media now that she and her family have been hounded, she says, by people who are angry about the damage caused by the riots, but her apology seems empty and more like justification than anything else.

Read it and see what you think. I tweeted her statement earlier in the day and the prevailing responses were unsympathetic, rejecting her apology and her rationalization of what she purportedly did.

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Photo: Employees of Clover Earthkind Hair Salon work after midnight to clean up some of the damage caused by rioting after the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals June 15. Credit: Anthony Bolante / Reuters

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