Latest local charged with rioting was clubbed over head by cops

On the one-year anniversary of the Stanley Cup riot in Downtown Vancouver, a 24-year-old Richmond woman is the latest local to be charged.

On Friday, the Crown approved 25 charges against 10 suspected rioters including Kathleen Brownell, 24, a former Matthew McNair student who goes by the name Katie.

Brownell's been charged with participating in a riot, breaking and entering, and mischief.

Also charged were North Vancouver's Chase Cooper, 23, Vancouver's Rachel Chong, 18, Surrey's Victor Varela, 20, and Langley's Joshua Celaje, 18. Also charged were young offenders from Surrey, two from Delta and two from Vancouver.

Brownell's mother, who didn't give her name, told The Richmond Review her daughter hasn't lived at home in years.

Brownell's mother was there when the Integrated Riot Investigation Team came to her house in the McNair area, and arrested Brownell last February.

Asked if her daughter ever confided in her about what happened on that June 15, 2011 day, Brownell's mother said: "I know she was hit by a police baton at one point. She said that all she was trying to do was get away."

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