The police have faced heavy criticism for what’s been deemed an unacceptable time lag between the riot that occurred on June 15, nearly five months ago, and charges being laid. The criticism only intensified when many of those involved in London’s summer riots were charged and convicted almost immediately, even though the U.K.’s justice system differs in many ways from Canada’s and London police have significantly more resources at their disposal.
These won’t be the last charges laid in Vancouver. This is just the first wave.
The amount of evidence that police have been forced to review is staggering to say the least. A simple YouTube search is proof of what the police were up against.
The next big hurdle will be to make the charges stick, as the last thing Vancouverites want to see is the alleged perpetrators escaping without punishment.
The announcement of these charges couldn’t come at a better time for Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, who’s up for re-election in a matter of weeks. If we were the cynical types, we’d wonder if the mayor told police they’d better have something to show for their work before voters head to the polls.
Video: Canucks escape Arizona with another win for the moms
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.