Police warn they can’t guarantee gang violence won’t erupt again after two shootouts over the weekend.
Tensions between Black Power and Mongrel Mob gang members spilt over into violence in both Ruatoria and Taradale.
Superintendent Tania Kura says police can’t guarantee gang incidents such as the ones over the weekend won’t happen again.
On Saturday, shots rang out on McClutchie Road in Ruatoria after a gang clash. On Sunday, a 25-year-old man was shot in the face, head and torso in Taradale as 30 to 40 gang members brawled in the street.
The man is in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Couple of thoughts here.
I argued one of the threats to Labour this Summer was an explosion in gang violence, this confrontation between the Mob and BP isn’t that explosion in gang violence.
What we saw with the BP and Mob are the very predictable tensions being built by the new dynamics within the gang world between the domestic gangs and the 501s.
I’ve written extensively about how these new dynamics are fundamentally changing the gang scene and how much of a political danger that is for Labour, but what we are seeing in Ruatoria and Taradale is the very predictable public frictions you get when a tsunami of meth has flooded the criminal fraternity.
It is the 501s vs the domestic gangs that is creating the pressures that we are seeing here, and I fear that if we simply focus on the symptoms of these new dynamics we will miss the disease.
Strike Force Raptor is not a solution here.