Adult Reality Check 101  

Will rioters smile for court TV?

They showed no bashfulness when bashing in store windows. They waved, danced, and posed for their cameras in sick celebration. They smashed, crashed, and burned everything in sight. They gained fame and misfortune, with excited participants and appalled bystanders recording their infamous actions in real-time horror. And now they’re going to pay: both a judicial and public notoriety expense for their behaviour.

My argument, supported by many, is that in Canadian law, every victim of a crime has the legal right to face their accused, to be in the court room, to watch, listen, testify and partake in the process against the accused.

We, the citizens of British Columbia, are the victims; and we should have the right to face the accused, even if it’s in absentee, and via video link. We can’t all be in the court room, so it’s the responsibility of the Attorney General to bring the courtroom to us. Our only recourse to see justice served is to have the trials broadcast.

The human condition is one that needs due process to be completed, and that includes transparency, accountability, and ultimately punishment. We are stuck with the horrible images of the riots, but we have a chance to cleanse our memories with new images, those of justice prevailing and the smug looks wiped off the rioters faces.

Society can benefit immensely from a comprehensively covered trial that deals with the rioters efficiently and effectively. There are lessons to be learned, and stories within the story; who were they? Where are they from? What motivated their deviant behaviours? And like many crime tragedies, sometimes the accused come forward and speak candidly about the incident, and that gives many others an insight into what really transpired, past the apologetic statements and Crown press releases.

Raise your fists in civil disobedience, destroy your city in antagonism, fight with authority using violence and you should answer. You should answer to your fellow citizens, your community, and your country.

You should not be shrouded in anonymity, protected by lawyers and a defendants rights first justice system, but be required to answer to the public, in the theatre of public courtroom TV.

The libertarians in society have been lenient for decades when public rally’s, protests, and celebrations are hijacked by deviants and turned violent. The unemployed young in Europe, Occupiers in the United States, fanatic soccer spectators in Argentina, and now the pampered young of over indulgent parents in Canada.

We have the tools, resources and subjective determination to see this through to the full extent of the law. Television cameras will allow us to follow the due diligence of the justice system, and it would set a societal precedent that this kind of civil dishonour will not go unpunished in Canada again.

The city, the province, and the country were disgraced in the world media and now it is our time to show the world decisively, that the deceptively tender hand of Canadian justice can, when warranted, dispense punishment with a mighty hammer.

This will not only answer for yesterday, but serve as a warning for tomorrow.

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About the Author

Jeff Hunkin is a 47-year-old Community Service Worker working with autistically challenged male adults in Vernon. The son of a retired Edmonton city policeman, Hunkin was raised and educated in both BC and Alberta. Hunkin continued his studies of the Human experience for over 10 years, in 7 provinces, 3 states, 15 cities and at least a 100 postal codes.

At times he has known the privilege of materialistic wealth and at others lived in a world of harsh poverty.  He has loved and lost more than most people see in a lifetime, he has been a free, happy and unbridled spirit, yet for a period of time, imprisoned within the depths of depression, all the while studying and observing the human experience unfold before him.

Hunkin's subjects are the very topics we usually discuss in our staff rooms, coffee shops or dinner parties. For whatever reason; being fear-based, being politically correct, or just no mainstream media theatres of discussion, these subjects rarely see the ink of print. HER side, his side, their side, your side, you may not like it, but someone will. Hunkin will take it, talk about it, run with it, roll with it, and see where it takes us all.

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