I would have thought hitting the criminals was a better strategy

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According to the Herald Police are hitting the streets. I would have thought hitting the criminals would have been a better idea.

A major police operation in central Auckland tonight will target alcohol-fuelled violence on the streets.

More than 70 police officers will be out in force as part of Operation Relentless – triple the number on the beat on a usual Saturday night.

It comes after footage emerged of a man being punched by a stranger at an Auckland club last weekend. ??

The victim, 33-year-old Fani Masaga, suffered a concussion and a broken jaw, which may be permanently damaged, he says.

Police are investigating the attack, one of a string of alcohol-related assaults in Auckland in the past few months which has spurred police to launch this weekend’s blitz.

Police youth and communities manager Inspector Mark Benefield said the operation would ensure punters heading out for a night on the town were sent a clear message by police.

“If you’re coming into the city over this period and intend to frequent the city’s many bars, restaurants and clubs, then drink responsibly and keep yourself and your mates safe.

There will be zero tolerance on breaches of the alcohol ban.

Blaming booze is ridiculous. These are scumbags looking for a fight who just happen to have been drinking.

There are many thousands of people attending the CBD who are drinking and not causing any problems at all. It is just these anti-social scumbags wrecking it for everyone.

Ultimately this action by Police will be forlorn, it will be a big push for a couple of weekends, things will quieten down for a month or so and Police will declare victory…then in 6 months time it will all be back again.

– NZHerald