David “Tainted” Fisher has his knickers in a bunch over some apparently “wrong” statistics used to justify the toughening up of laws regarding gangs.
I might be missing something here but why is “Tainted” and his employer mounting a campaign on behalf of scum gang members?
Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem.
The briefing paper told ministers 4000 gang members alone were responsible for a huge number of drug and violence crimes, including murders.
The release of the document through the Official Information Act followed the earlier discovery the wrong information had been used in a press release to justify the policy.
Cabinet ministers were also given the wrong information.
The information, which appeared to have been provided by police to the minister’s office, went before Cabinet in June before the August announcement.
The new measures passed by Cabinet were targeted at gang members who were said to be responsible for huge levels of criminal activity. They also show the Government contemplating greater powers for police to tackle gang activity.
Sociologist and gang researcher Dr Jarrod Gilbert outed then Police Minister Anne Tolley over the inaccurate press release and said it was “absurd” the wrong information had also gone to Cabinet. “This was an error of epic proportions. The problem by comparison is almost insignificant.”
The inaccurate figures had suggested the 4000 gang members in New Zealand were personally responsible for about 1500 serious violence and drug charges. New figures show this year gang members were actually responsible for 26 of the 649 serious drug charges laid. They were also responsible for 61 of 868 violence charges.