The other day I threw something together on the Vancouver riots. Right after posting I noticed that many more, much more graphic and damning then what I posted, videos made their way to youtube. Although my gauging of the mood of the crowd was accurate, the severity and intensity was understated.
One of those punks that participated just got found out:
Gee, ya think if he was wearing a mask while trying to torch that police car, masking his identity, that he would have done the right thing and turned himself in? He gets no attaboys from me, he would have been found out regardless.
He is 17, old enough to know the nature and consequences of his actions, he will be tried as an adult.
Next, he said he got caught up in the “mob mentality”, I talked about this in the other post, it is real, I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Things that you would not do if by yourself (or unlikely to do) become less over the top, more manageable and more easily rationalized.
Let’s look at the actual deed. Aside from being a complete chowderhead (if that car had a full tank of gas and the rag was a bit more combustible it would of taken out a good 20 to 30 people in the area) his actions went way beyond arson. I don’t see much difference between this and throwing a Molotov cocktail into a crowded school room.
He mentioned that he was “provisionally” suspended from the water polo team, this to me is inconsequential, they can choose who ever they want to represent them in competition. I’m more interested in the criminal charges brought forth.
So what say you? I’m not looking for anything dopey like that woman on the video who said she was sure he was sorry and that should be the end of it, nor do I want something equally dopey like life in prison or the removal of his head jihad style with a rusty scimitar. Where does justice lie?