New riot poster campaign launched
More than 340 volunteers and 70 police officers were on the streets in 19 B.C. cities, including Surrey and Delta, on Thursday, handing out 70,000 posters of suspected rioters.
The posters feature images of 100 individuals, including five of the Integrated Riot Investigation Team's (IRIT) "most wanted," who are linked to the assault on Robert Mackay, who was attacked and beaten when he tried to stop looters from entering The Bay.
The poster is the second issued by police to help identify those who allegedly committed crimes last June in downtown Vancouver following the Vancouver Canucks’ Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup finals. The first poster was issued last November.
Delta Police (one of eight police agencies comprising IRIT) and volunteers took to the streets Thursday afternoon, with posters being handed out at South Delta, Delta and North Delta Secondary schools.
The posters cost $14,000 to print – a cost that was covered by the Vancouver Police Foundation.
Police also announced Thursday that the Crown approved six more charges, two of which are against 19-year-old Surrey resident Mustafa Khan, who is charged with participating in a riot and mischief.
On Monday, the Vancouver Police Department said Surrey's Emmanuel Alviar, 19, pleaded guilty to participating in a riot, with his sentencing hearing scheduled for May 3. Charges against seven others were also approved Monday, including three against 24-year-old Surrey resident Willmar Ovando-Renderos, who is charged with participating in a riot, break and enter and disguise with intent.
A total of 177 criminal charges have been laid against 67 suspects so far. Police have recommended 432 charges against 150 suspects.
To view photos and videos of suspected rioters, or turn yourself in, check https://riot2011.vpd.ca/