Among the 25 suspected Stanley Cup rioters who were charged last week in Vancouver, at least two are University of British Columbia students.
Alexander Peepre, a 20-year-old political science student, is charged with the assault of Cameron Brown, a photographer who alleges he was struck from behind by Peepre while trying to put out a fire and after trying to capture some of the criminal acts on film. “I tried to get some clear shots of people that were causing the damage because I knew right away that that would be the best way to identify them afterward and send them off to the police,” Brown told The Ubyssey.
Jensen White, a UBC science student from Seattle, is charged with mischief and participating in a riot.
These are only the first “wave” of charges, according to the Vancouver Police Department, which recommended 163 charges against 60 individuals on Oct. 31st. The VPD maintains a site of images captured mainly from security cameras of possible suspects they want the public to help identify.
The June 15th riot following the Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Boston Bruins resulted in an estimated $5-million of property damage, more than 140 injuries and more than 100 arrests.