This article:Sick Bunny wrote:Not just charges, it's jail sentences galore. At least they haven't wasted any time bringing the hammer down on those who got caught.Eddy Punch Clock wrote:btw- any charges laid in England yet?
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/loca ... lumbiaHome
gives some stats and questions the natural comparison between the reaction to the riots in Vancouver and London. I think that there is a lot of truth to the idea that civil rights are not the same here in the UK. search and seizure laws are a case in point. If I am not mistaken, the Mounties need more than a suspicion that someone is up to no good in order to stop a citizen from going about his or her business and search them. As I understand it here, the police need no reason to stop who ever they like, and they dont need to inform that person of why they are harrassing them. In fact the only "right" a citizen here has, is the right to complain about the treatment after the fact. In otherwords, see the complaint department on floor thirteen at New Scotland Yard...
If this is the case, I can imagine that the justice system here would have a much easier time of railroading 3000 charges through the courts. As for the extreme sentences that have been handed out, it would not surprise me if many of them will be quietly overturned in appeals...sending a looter to jail for 7 years sounds good, but it wont make headlines 6 months from now when the sentence is overturned