Vancouver Rioters Exposed on Crowdsourced Tumblr

Soon after the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins, rioting broke out, and pictures of said rioting started flooding the web. In response to the Vancouver Police Department’s request that people collect those photos, a Tumblr popped up overnight to do just that.

Vancouver 2011 Riot Criminal List is now flush with photos depicting those who flipped cars, set fires, looted stores and generally caused mayhem after the loss.

The creator of the Tumblr kicked off the blog with the post: “Lets hold people accountable for their actions! Alright everyone, lets start posting pictures of the idiots setting fires and looting. Let’s get identifying these criminals.”

I’m kinda shocked these photos could actually be used as evidence; I know there’s no expectation of privacy in public spaces, but what’s to stop people from photoshopping in random folks and making unfounded accusations? Seems like a slippery slope.

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