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Vancouver police say Stanley Cup riot charges reach historic proportions

Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu holds up a poster of the VPD's most wanted during a news conference in Vancouver, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Those on the most wanted poster are people who were involved in the June, 2011 hockey riots. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu says he expects the number of people criminally charged for their role in the Stanley Cup riot last year to exceed 300 people and 900 charges.

He says that's believed to be the most people ever charged as the result of a single incident in Canadian history.

The announcement comes as police downsize their riot investigation team, which included officers from all over B.C. and as far away as Calgary.

Chu says the work of the investigation team has been amazing and they've had inquiries from police departments around the world about how investigators used video taken during the riot last June 15 to lay charges.

The riot investigation hs cost $2 million, which included the $500,000 cost of the video lab which Chu says will be used in many later investigations.

Thousands of mostly-drunken fans smashed and burned parts of the city's downtown core the night the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cut to the Boston Bruins.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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