September 05, 2017
Gang bashing latest drug war absurdity
Absurd and fascist is how a long time worker with gangs is describing National’s plan to give police new powers to search cars and houses of gang member without a warrant.
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett was forced to walk back her statement that the get-tough anti-drug policy was justified because serious criminals have fewer human rights than others.
But Denis O’Reilly says it’s clear that’s what she believes in her heart.
Mr O’Reilly, who now works with both Black Power and Mongrel Mob whanau to seek lifestyle changes away from drugs and crime, says targeting gangs will do little to address the supply of methamphetamine.
"Most of the people we work and mix with are at the bottom end of this thing and if they are involved in selling meth it is generally to maintain their own addiction so this absurdity where you have two classes of New Zealanders, they are going to be brown New Zealanders eh," he says.
Mr O’Reilly says National Party leader Bill English talks about the criminal justice system being and economic and moral failure, and then doubles down on it to get more votes.
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