UBC student apologizes for role in Vancouver riot, criticizes social media mob
Camille Cacnio appears at the 1:30 mark of this video.
During Vancouver's Stanley Cup riot, Camille Cacnio entered a formal wear shop smashed up by rioters and took two pairs of dress pants.
Since then, the UBC biology student has lost her job, turned herself in to the police, and become the target of racism and harassment online.
Cacnio says she loves Vancouver, never intended to participate in a riot, and found it difficult to foresee the consequences of her actions.
And she argues that people who are using social media to ruin the lives of riot participants—even going as far as shaming their families and the organizations they've been associated with—are going way too far.
It's all in her incredible public apology posted online.
Regarding her actions that night, Cacnio explains:
At the time, being a part of the riot was simply to fulfill the adrenaline rush I was looking and hoping for – an adrenaline rush that I previously got from post-winning games: hugging randoms, dancing on the streets, honking car horns non-stop, and high-fiving just about everybody. In the same way that everybody enjoyed collectively showing pride in our team, it was enjoyable to express my disappointment in a collective manor.
I had no intentions of defiling the city. I love Vancouver as much as you do – I’ve lived here since I was 7 months old. But in my immature, intoxicated perspective all I saw was that the riot was happening, and would continue happening with or without me, so I might as well get my adrenaline fix.
On the online mob, she writes:
I honestly think that the reason why people are so strongly targeting people like me is because people are upset. They are drunk off of emotions, and want to do everything they can to fix their city. I completely understand that and like I said, am not proud of myself! Collaborating to clean up the city? Excellent way to remediate the mess. IDing people? Very helpful for the VPD – saves time and money for the cops and in the end for our city. Harassing people, ruining their lives, and finding unlawful punishments? Not at all helpful. It gives the cops more things to deal with, and is in a way a form of anarchy. The laws were made for everybody to follow: criminals and spectators alike. So for you to disregard the laws makes it seem like you are an anarchist”¦starting a mob”¦based on social media”¦starting to get the picture yet?
Anyways, long story short, venting your anger on people does not make the situation better, so feel free to ID people and help in ways that you can, but don’t ruin our lives!
Update (June 21): Camille Cacnio has revised her online post titled "Dear Vancouver, I am sorry", removing her analysis of why she got caught up in the riot and her criticism of the online mob.
I am not proud of my actions and have made a visit to the Vancouver Police Department, over the weekend to turn myself in. The pants are being returned. I have made mistakes and I have learned from them. The aftermath has been a tough ordeal and I let my emotions get in the way of my original apology. But I take full responsibility for my actions and understand that it is nobody else’s fault but mine. I am truly sorry for my actions and am ready to accept the consequences, including the public backlash.
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