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Vancouver police chief: Only law-abiding citizens welcome downtown for playoffs

Mar 26, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

Jim Chu

Last week, Vancouver Police Department Chief Jim Chu declared the city’s anti-riot philosophy for this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs would be “don’t come downtown.”

The new philosophy was markedly different than last year’s, which was “get wasted, come downtown and we’ll cram everyone into a city block and hope for the best.”

But presumably the new plan didn’t sit well with downtown businesses that cash in during the playoffs, so Chu clarified his comments over the weekend – it’s okay to come downtown, but only if you behave yourselves.

Tough but fair.

“At all times and during the hockey playoffs, the Vancouver Police are encouraging people to come downtown to enjoy our bars, restaurants, arenas, theaters, shopping and street ambience. Our focus is to make it safe for you to enjoy our city. You are not welcome in Vancouver if you intend to engage in public drinking, hooliganism and criminal behavior,” Chu said in a statement.

Hooligans and criminals have yet to respond to repeated requests for comment.

  1. comeonnowguys - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    So… we can expect a ghost town?

    Sorry. It was right there.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Come Downtown…but only if you’re as soft as the team on the ice

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      That made me actually lol, instead of just giggle in my head. Are the bars serving any cheap shots in downtown too?

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Thanks for that, Police Chief Obvious.

  4. drewsylvania - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Still don’t know why public drinking, itself, is illegal.

  5. drewsylvania - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Most places this wouldn’t be news. Welcome to NBCSP.

    • Jason Brough - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Not news anywhere…except the multiple news outlets reporting it.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        Not an ESPN NHL headline–who are these multiple news outlets?

      • velocirapist - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Maybe it’s because ESPN’s coverage of Canadian content is pretty garbage considering they’re… you know… an American network that most people in Canada don’t get.

        That’s like asking why it’s not on the BBC Sports page.

      • drewsylvania - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        Not on TSN NHL, either. Moreover, it doesn’t really have to do with which other news outlets have it–why should “police chief states the obvious” be news anywhere?

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        “Hello Drewsylvania, my name is NBC sports. Nice to meet you.”

  6. hystoracle - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Given this proclamation where do you think all the “Non law-abiding citizens” will be during the playoffs? . . . DOWNTOWN!

    By definition, Non Law-abiding citizens are going to do the opposite of what ever the law tells them to do.

  7. bergeronforselke - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    YOU NO COME HERE DURING PRAYOFFS!!!! YOU GO NOW!!!

    • drewsylvania - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      +1 for the handle.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Classy.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      I’m crying from laughing so hard…

    • ikillchicken - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Oh look. A Bruins fan is acting like a stupid racist bag of ass. What a shock.

  8. justjokinen1 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    “We’ll tell all the criminals and hooligans NOT to come! This will work.”

  9. kitshky - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I for one think we should make it a felony for anyone from Surrey or the Valley to come into DT … not for the playoffs mind you, I mean just in general. (I joookkkee…. kinda.)

    I got the over/under on “Excessive Force” complaints after Game 1 sitting at 3.

  10. ikillchicken - Mar 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    [The new philosophy was markedly different than last year’s, which was “get wasted, come downtown and we’ll cram everyone into a city block and hope for the best.]

    Yes. This is what I keep saying. I truly don’t know what the hell they were thinking. Hell, if we’d have won the cup there still would have been a riot. That’s just what happens when you invite that many people to have a giant drunken block party (and of course have a wildly insufficient number of police on hand to keep order). The mayor and the police chief should be ashamed.

    (Just let me preemptively add: No, this in no way diminishes the blame that ought to be placed on the rioters themselves).

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