You can either read it here first or read it in the mainstream media months later.
As TDB pointed out in June, the Government has dropped the ball on the spike in Gangs because of the unprecedented arrival of the 501s from Australia.
And now, surprise, surprise, the Police want vast new powers to stamp out da gangs…
Police were now calling for strategies to intervene and asking the Government to introduce laws that “hammer gangs destroying families through intimidation, dealing drugs and taxing,” he said.
…brothers and sisters, trust me, as someone currently fighting abuse of power by the Police, there aren’t enough bloody checks and balances to their enormous powers as it is, handing them even more power won’t solve this and will only erode your civil liberties far more than they currently are.
I’ve detailed the 3 moments that helped build the organised crime issue here, but now the cops are pushing for more powers, let’s focus on the solutions a progressive Government needs to look at implementing to combat organised crime without inching us closer to a Police State.
1 – Demand a review of intelligence values, are the Police actually pursuing active crack downs on the Australian gangs or are they just observing? The Killer Bees were taken out as a force because all the old gangs narked on them and gave the Police the ability to completely take out the leadership. Police need to think seriously about cutting the same deal with the domestic gangs against the Australian ones, because it is the Australian ones generating the violence.
2 – Meth rehabilitation services must get an enormous boost in resourcing for any chance to cope with the wave of addiction that is coming.
3 – LEGALISE CANNABIS YOU MORONS: Allow the domestic gangs to legally produce cannabis so that their revenue stream is through a legal means rather than the meth, which is happening because of competition with the Australian gangs.
4 – Offer those who have debts with the gangs for drugs amnesty if they come to the Police and complain about stand over tactics for those debts and wipe the debts in return for testimony.
5 – The Police already changed the evidential threshold for the proceeds of crimes act from beyond reasonable doubt to balance of probabilities so their demands to go after those that wash the cash is disingenuous in the extreme because they already have enormous powers in that regard – if Police want to catch the laundering element of organised crime, go to the biggest laundromat in the country – Sky City Casino! Far better surveillance of the Casinos around NZ will harvest greater intelligence of who is doing what. Allowing the Police the ability to spy on accountants and lawyers can easily be abused and the Police haven’t proven they can be trusted with those sorts of powers.
No one wants to see organised crime thrive, but we are at this place because of a unique invasion of NZ by Australian criminals who are far more violent than the domestic variants, this requires a real strategic thinking that the NZ Police are not well known for. Stuart Nash urgently needs to sit down with Police Intelligence and Police bosses to thrash out an urgent response because if the simmering gang war between the domestic gangs and the Australian faction erupts onto the streets, the electorate will turn to National for a war on crime.
It will be a war we all lose.