Vancouver police are crowdsourcing video as part of their investigation into mayhem in East Vancouver on September 18.
In particular, officers are seeking images of suspects who damaged property and acted violently following the cancellation of the Lil Baby concert at the PNE Amphitheatre.
“Video evidence and eyewitness accounts will form a critical part of this investigation, as we work to identify people who destroyed property, engaged in violent behaviour, and put everyone’s safety at risk,” Sgt. Steve Addison said in a VPD news release.
“We’ve made it easy for people to come forward, and we’re asking anyone who has video or photos to visit vpd.ca and send them to us for review.”
Lil Baby, a Grammy-winning rapper and two-time Billboard chart topper, was supposed to be the closing act at the Breakout Festival. However, he couldn't go on-stage because he was feeling ill, according to festival organizers.
Police stated that most concertgoers left peacefully, but a few hundred remained and created problems inside the venue and in the surrounding neighbourhood.
Seven people were arrested.
“This is likely to be a long and difficult investigation, but we are committed to identifying and pursuing criminal charges against those who acted violently, destroyed property, and put other concertgoers in danger,” Addison said. “We know there are people who have evidence that can help us in this investigation, and we’re asking them to do the right thing.”