2012 Top 10: Mainstream Moments

10. DOPE 3 Starts “Riot” In Whistler


When the venue of the DOPE III premiere in Whistler reached capacity, the overflow got a little rowdy. A mob formed, someone apparently grabbed at a cop’s gun, and the (real) press was all over it.

“A Whistler snowboard movie premiere turned rowdy Saturday night after some of the roughly 50 people denied entry to the over-capacity bar taunted and allegedly attempted to assault police during an arrest outside the building.

Officers were arresting a 23-year-old Pemberton man for allegedly damaging a ski rack and its skis outside Dusty’s Bar and BBQ in the mountain resort’s Creekside neighbourhood.

The man continued to resist arrest as the crowd circled, egging on the suspect, and the partiers began to grab the officers and try to pull one officer’s gun out of his holster, according to an RCMP news release.

The Pemberton man faces charges of resisting arrest, mischief and causing a disturbance according to the release.

“It is disappointing when something like this happens,” said spokesman Sgt. Rob Knapton in the release. “Whistler is a resort community and we want to help ensure a safe experience for all visitors.”

On the digital photosharing platform Instagram partygoers bemoaned the chaos at the 10 p.m. screening of the snowboarding movie D.O.P.E. III.”

— From the Vancouver Sun