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VPD wants more power to search citizens for booze

Photo courtesy of Parisa Azadi

Vancouver police want to make amendments to laws that will grant them more authority to search citizens for on-person liquor.

The proposal is an attempt to control crowd violence and property destruction in wake of June's Stanley Cup riot.

The Canadian Press has the story:

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police want the provincial government to change laws so officers have more power to search people for liquor in order to avoid violence like the Stanley Cup riot.

Deputy Chief Doug LePard says police currently have to have reasonable grounds to conduct such searches.

Liquor helped fuel the riot, in which mobs of young people burned cars and looted stores as the Vancouver Canucks lost the final game of the Stanley Cup playoffs to Boston on June 15.

LePard has also released a series of emails that he says show discussions with the liquor control branch over alcohol sales during the last few games of the playoffs were initiated by the department, not by the branch.

He says there were no major problems with Game 6 and he insists the police had no information a riot might occurred during Game 7 until the crowds in downtown Vancouver began to get out of control.

The police have also have placed 12 more photos of riot suspects on a website and say 52 people have now either turned themselves in, been arrested or are under investigation.

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