Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot Incident Analysis

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Laws are used and developed in order to provide guidelines, establish authority and to maintain a sense of orderliness in society. However, chaotic and unexpected occurrences can often cause individuals and groups in society to go above the law and perform acts that are seen as unacceptable under the legal system. Therefore, I agree with the article shown, that such occurrences, to a certain extent, can take place in Ottawa in the case of a natural disaster. For instance, although, Canada does not have a higher crime rate compared to the U.S, the country is still vulnerable to such an event occurring since many violent acts occurred during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot, which was fueled by frustration and anger. Additionally, the natural…show more content…
The riot resulted in violent behavior occurring which is similar to what occurred in New Orleans. CItizens were performing lawless acts such as setting police vehicles, damaging nearby business and public property. This is an example of what people can be capable of in a time of chaos where citizens are unhappy with an event that has already taken place or is occurring. Not only that, but, Vancouver and Ottawa are both similar cities when it comes to the living styles and diverse population. Meaning that what happened in Vancouver and the actions caused by the peoples can easily happen in Ottawa. Although, similar crimes were not committed between the two events, there were many fundamental aspects of the law which were breached such as the rule of law, since the citizens saw themselves as above the law and the actions done where intended with violence. Also, one of the main purposes of law; to regulate conduct and provide order, was broken in these two situations since there was chaos and law enforcement has difficulty establishing…show more content…
Whereas, during a natural disaster it may be difficult to gain access to such resources and therefore, some people can be facing this issue for the first time in their lives. Which can result in conflict and lawlessness taking place. For instance, if a natural disaster was to occur in a less developed country such as Afghanistan, the citizens would not be in a sudden shock if they no longer has access to electricity or any other issues since poverty is issue in the country and they have already adapted into living and surviving in such living conditions that may occur during a natural disaster. However, if such was to occur in Ottawa then it would be a completely different situation since many people might be feeling helplessness and panic due to living
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