June 09, 2021
Bulldog brand wrong for drug bust says gang PR
A spokesperson for the Waikato Kingdom Mongrel Mob says this week’s arrest of three Mongrel Mob members in an international drug sting is a police PR stunt.
The three were among 35 gang members, including Comancheros and Head Hunters, caught up in a multi-country action using information allegedly collected by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation from an encrypted messaging app.
Louise Hutchinson says including the Mongrel Mob in the sweep seems like pay-back for the chapter’s push back on police bias and racism.
She says they got what they wanted, with the gang’s bulldog emblem illustrating stories of the bust.
"And of course everyone going to look it and go 'oh yeah.' It is a PR stunt because that is exactly what the police want mainstream New Zealanders to believe, but it isn't who we are, it isn't what we represent. We do not peddle methamphetamine or MDMA or cocaine. We don't. Our leader doesn't do that. Hence why we fight back in the media," she says.
Louise Hutchinson says the Waikato Kingdom’s focus is on helping gang whānau deal with trauma and learn to live constructive and productive lives.
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