Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson never read 1994 riot prevention report

June 24, 2011 - 5:07 am

Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson told reporters Thursday that he did not read the report on riot prevention that came out of the Canucks'€™ Stanley Cup loss in 1994. '€œCertainly there was discussion about the scenario of a riot and how that would be responded to," Robertson said. "I think what took place would be far beyond what anyone anticipated.'€ The British Columbia Police Commission recommended against letting fans gather for large public viewings in front of giant TV screens, the exact scenario that happened last Wednesday for Game 7. Robertson said that Police Chief Jim Chu, who had read the report, approved setting up large television downtown. The 17-year-old report also noted that the number of police required for riot control should be overestimated, not underestimated. The police requested $648,000 in funding for the playoffs, only a third of what was requested for last year'€™s anticipated playoff run. Robertson told reporters he is still waiting for the result of an independent investigation of last week'€™s riot before he can comment on future prevention. "There are a lot of detailed questions around the police's deployment and their operations," he said. "I certainly have those questions now." According to the Downtown Business Improvement Association, 60 stores in Vancouver'€™s downtown were damaged, and about 20 of those were also looted. Total losses were between $4 million and $5 million.