Gangs

The Herald and gang porn

The Herald couldn’t be more out of touch with New Zealand if it tried.

Every day this week it has been plastered with pictures of Headhunters, as if they are normal everyday citizens who just happen to wear colourful clothing.

Yes, I get that it has suited the love story theme, but you still can’t get away from the fact that gang members are criminals and create criminal enterprises based on illegal products such as methamphetamine.

What the Herald has been telling us this week is that gangs are basically decent guys who can sometimes be rogues, but who are loyal to their friends. I get the loyalty to friends bit…I do…but.

No mention of their crimes or the absolute misery they cause to law-abiding New Zealanders. No mention of how you actually obtain a patch.

And all this in the week that the Herald dismissed the government’s announcement to deal with gangs.  Read more »

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So-called tough guy wants lighter sentence because he is Maori

Here I was thinking that Mongrel Mob members were supposed to be tough, but this blouse wants a reduced sentence because he is…wait for it…Maori.

He should hand his patch back, what a blouse.

A Mongrel Mob member facing more than six years in jail is appealing his manslaughter sentence on the grounds being Maori puts him at a social disadvantage.

The Court of Appeal reserved its decision, with a judge labelling the request as “radical” during the hearing in Auckland today.

Jessie Mika, who has been involved with a gang since he was 16 and has “Mobsta” tattooed across his face, was sentenced in September to six years and nine months in jail for causing the death of a teenage boy during a car chase in Canterbury.

Christchurch defence lawyer James Rapley said Maori should receive shorter prison sentences because they come from an environment of social deprivation and inequality.

“Fifty-one per cent of the prison population is Maori,” he told the Court of Appeal. “Everyone says everyone should be treated alike and equally, but not everyone is equal.”  Read more »

Top British Cop calls for end to war on drugs

Prohibition on drugs hasn’t worked, nor did it work on booze. It was ridiculous to even suggest it may have worked. Prohibition has never worked anywhere in the world.

Even countries with the death penalty for drug offences have drug problems. The world over people are starting to wake up to the issue.

Class A drugs should be decriminalised and drug addicts “treated and cared for not criminalised”, according to a senior UK police officer.

Writing in the Observer, Chief Constable Mike Barton of Durham Police said prohibition had put billions of pounds into the hands of criminals.

He called for an open debate on the problems caused by drugs.

The Home Office reiterated its stance and said drugs were illegal because they were dangerous.  Read more »

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Gang Patch bill passed

Might need a grinder to remove this patch

Might need a grinder to remove this patch

Mark Mitchell’s Gang Insignia Bill was passed last night. Mark took over promoting the bill after Todd McClay was appointed a minister.

A bill banning gang insignia in places owned by the Crown or local authorities has passed into law [last night].

Police would be given the power to seize gang patches and official colours within a few days. Offenders could be faced with a $2000 fine.

The Prohibition of Gang Insignia Government Premises Bill’s sponsor MP Mark Mitchell said he did not expect an escalation in tension between police and gang members as a result of the changes.   Read more »

Gang Patch Bill

Unfortunately cracking down on gangs doesn’t have the mainstream media appeal of gay marriage, new holidays (in 2015), Aaron Gilmore’s drunken rampages through Hanmer Springs and bigger hand-outs.

But last night, Mark Mitchell gave a bloody good speech on Todd McClay’s bill to ban gang patches from certain public places.

Worth a watch:

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Good, Cops appeal bad Judge’s decision

The Police are appealing the stupid decision by a bad Judge to let 21 scum back on the streets in a fit of petulance.

I hope they win.

Police are appealing a High Court decision to throw out charges against 21 Nelson gang members after police tried to falsely prosecute an undercover officer to boost his credibility within the group.

Last week Justice Simon France ordered a stay of proceedings against the group, who were facing a range of charges including drug offences and being part of an organised criminal group.

The Solicitor General confirmed today that the decision would be appealed.

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Franks on Gang Case

Stephen Franks comments on the Red Devils case where an activist judge let 21 harden gang members get away with their crimes:

Herald writer John Roughan puts the layman’s case against Simon France J’s stay of the Red Devil prosecutions mentioned in my Thursday post.

Though he probably feels no need for them, there is also legal logic against what the judge did. Hopefully it will be tested on appeal in this case.

Having now read the judgment I can understand the judge’s outrage. I would not have been as charitable as him about the police serving up a late-manufactured purported ops manual entry.

From the judge’s account there should be prosecutions for false swearing or some other perjury or serious deceit charge.

But on the judge’s own statement the deceptions, including the deceits involved in being undercover, have no connection to the charges he then stayed, including the evidence on them.

So his reaction is no different in principle from the operating strategy of terrorism – injure innocent third parties to coerce those you think should obey you.

Terrorists believe their purposes over ride all others. Their objectives are so pure that the suffering of those they injure as tools is just a necessary price. Their ends justify their means.

Comparing a Judges actions to those of terror organisations is certainly novel.

Or when they have to acknowledge the hurt of those they choose to sacrifice, they may impute collective guilt to the whole class who may be victims (capitalists, citizens of the great Satan, Christians, Jews, night club patrons, Shia – to Sunni and Sunni to Shia)to justify hurting innocents with no power to make the decisions sought by terrorists.

They often turn to terrorism because they can’t overcome safeguards in the usual procedures (such as persuading voters, or getting a privilege or decision in due process).

The Red Devil case judicial approach is indistinguishable.

The case against the Judge strengthens.

Judges who trash prosecutions to punish breaches by particular Police officers seem to feel they have no lawful direct power over those they want to control or to punish. Perhaps the lawful procedure has what they consider to be inadequate sentence. Perhaps the process is cumbersome or gets less attention.

Welcome to the law as citizens experience it every day.

But citizens are told smugly that they have no excuse for taking remedies into their own hands. And they certainly have no excuse for taking their deterrent vengeance to an organisation that employs the wrongdoer. Do we see support from judges for wronged individuals taking out their frustration on associates or colleagues of the wrongdoers?

As John Roughan makes plain, staying a prosecution punishes the community, and perhaps not even the police officers who are culpable.

Yes, the actions of the judge do punish the citizens of Nelson. He is an activist and petulant Judge.

Those who pay the highest price for a stay are the next victims of offenders who would have been in custody or deterred by the charges proceeding. Next comes the community’s trust in the law.

If the consequence is the emboldening of a gang the outcomes of this application of the terrorist approach could be as dire as the physical harm of “normal” terrorism. To the extent crime rates generally are affected by any obvious ineffectiveness of the law the decision could have as many victims as a bomb targetting random innocents. The bomber says ” I destroy or kill something or someone valuable to you if you do not behave as I want”.

While Judge sit aloof in their courts they run the risk of losing touch with the communities they are supposed to serve. This si the problem we face with tenured, padded and cosseted judges. This problem is exacerbated when they are FIFO (Fly in, Fly out) judges as is the case with Simon France. He is based in Wellington and so can safely go home while 21 hardened criminals roam the streets of Nelson as a result of his decision.

Stephen Franks makes a reasoned and sage assessment of the travesty of this judicial activism, many including me are not so subtle.

I like your thinking but…

The Headhunters are setting up a cage fighting pad in Upper Hutt.

Members of motorcycle gang the Head Hunters have set up in a Hutt Valley building which is being run as a cage fighting club.

The Dominion Post understands the gang members moved into the new pad last month and have hosted the club’s national meeting, which was attended by patched members from across the country.

Police are aware of a Head Hunters presence at the two storied building on Goodshed Rd, Upper Hutt and hold concerns about the growth of the gang throughout New Zealand in the last nine months.

A patched Head Hunters member this week denied the building was a gang house or headquarters – rather a gym setup to help “troubled youth”.

I like their thinking but the location is all wrong. They should all be put in this cage and then allowed to fight to their hearts content…or perhaps we could build a cage on White Island for their pad.

Has Hone gifted Boris Rotorua for life?

It looks like Hone Harawira is going to gift Rotorua to Todd McClay for life:

A war of words has erupted over National MP Todd McClay’s proposed gang patch ban, with Mana Party leader Hone Harawira labelling him a “foolish dickhead” promoting a “deeply racist” bill.

Harawira has threatened to wear a gang patch into Parliament if the bill becomes law, a move McClay says casts doubts on Harawira’s suitability to be an MP.

“The guy is such an idiot,” Harawira said. “I’m not going to stand by and watch a blonde, blue-eyed redneck kick around poor people who, out of desperation, bond together because they see nothing in the blonde, blue-eyed society to give them a sense of hope for their own or their children’s futures.”

Harawira said he was “not a great lover of gangs” but said McClay’s pledge that government agencies would not deal with anyone wearing a patch, and that police would want to talk to them about criminal behaviour, was nonsense.

“The fact of the matter is that this foolish dickhead doesn’t know what’s going to happen. The police aren’t interested in this. It’s not going to be deep-blonde white-boy Todd that’s going to be affected, it’s going to be those working in the agencies.”

The only foolish dickhead is Hone Harawira. Rotorua looks to be safe in McClay’s hands for sometime yet.

Quote of the Day

from Mark Mitchell’s maiden speech:

One thing I could see early in my career was the amount of damage gangs and organised crime did to our communities. Whether they be the Mongrel Mob, Hell’s Angels, or Asian triads, they are parasites living off the back of our communities and a bunch of low-life cowards. Hunting in packs, they rob, steal, rape, murder, intimidate, assault, and generally terrorise anyone unlucky enough to get in their way.