Nine people who took part in the 2011 Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver have been ordered by the B.C. Supreme Court to compensate the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia for damage to various vehicles they caused during the riot. The decision was handed down yesterday after a trial. In all, according to the CBC, the “B.C. Criminal Justice Branch laid 912 charges against 300 suspects in the wake of the riot, including 246 adults and 54 youths.”
Many of those charged were identified later by video coverage of the riots, which you think would have taught other hooligans a lesson about rioting and causing property damage.
Well, no. In a riot on Friday night in Montreal after a Francofolies concert, about 100 people “left 20 buildings around Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles vandalized — including police headquarters,” the CBC is reporting.
Two people have been arrested so far — with more to come, police said, according to the CTV Montreal News report tonight. Montreal police will review video coverage and neighbourhood surveillance camera recordings to identify those who took part in the riot and caused property damage.
In other words, some of those rioters will be paying for the damage they caused, sooner or later. And some will also face charges.
It shows the value of camera surveillance, though I know some worry about a police state taking advantage of a system like that. But if it brings some people to justice and deters others from committing crimes, why not?
But I predict that one day, crime as we know it now won’t exist anymore because every single human on the planet will have some sort of microchip or other tracking device embedded in their body, and every move everyone makes will be on record, stored away on some server readily available to police forces. Call it the material world’s version of the Akashic Records, though I don’t think it will record everyone’s thoughts. Just their movements, which will mean anyone who commits a crime will be caught in no time at all, because authorities will know exactly who was at the crime scene.
Of course, yes, there will still be the idiots who get carried away, like the hooligans in Vancouver and Montreal. But they will be apprehended very quickly.
Yes, I polished my crystal ball tonight . . .
Now, I am off to go skinny dipping.