Patriot group the True Blue Crew successful held their African youth gang crime crisis meeting in Melbourne last night. The venue had to be changed at the last minute due to left-wing groups aiming to disrupt the event finding out the location of the original venue.
The meeting was attended by over 50 people who traveled from around the state to air their concerns about the lack of government response to the African youth gang crime wave and to discuss ways in watch the community itself can take action. All attendees had to bring photo ID and RSVP beforehand via the True Blue Crew Facebook page.
One of the proposals put forward was to bring back neighborhood watch in the social media era. This would quickly alert residents of an incident in their area and allow for the area to be quickly secured to prevent further attacks. The possibility of making citizens’ arrests was also discussed.
Although the meeting was hosted and organized by the True Blue Crew the United Patriots Front led by Blair Cottrell also contributed to the discussions and proposals. Cottrell spoke to the media about the police not being given the power they need to deal with the growing crime crisis.
Premier Daniel Andrews who appeared to take the day off to attend the LGBT Midsumma Carnival in Melbourne stated that Victorians should still have faith in their police force to combat the recent surge in crime.
Victoria Police however rather than deploying resources to crime hotspots in the state had police units circling the meeting venue as well as a police chopper. Just this month Victoria Police had arrested a number of patriot activists over the clash that occurred outside the Milo Yiannopoulos speaking event in Melbourne last month.
The True Blue Crew following the meeting posted on their Facebook page that they would be putting up information on how to register with the True Blue Crew and a formal list of proposals. They also rejected the label that they are far-right or racist.
Yesterday Victoria Police created a pop-up police station at a shopping centre in Tarneit in Melbourne’s west which has been most hit by the crime wave. South Sudanese leaders in hi-vis jackets joined police on a patrol in an effort to allay local’s fears.
The Andrews Government stated it was also looking at limiting courts’ ability to sentence offenders to community corrections orders instead of jail time. Legislation passed last year banned corrections for the 10 most serious offences. It also put pressure on the federal government national criminal intelligence network after it was revealed many of the recent violent crimes in Melbourne were committed by African youths from interstate.
However tougher sentences are still opposed by South Sudanese community leaders with one of the new police patrollers Manyang Koch stating “Putting them in jail is not helping them” claiming that “When you lock them up they think there is no other way, they have no hope”. He also asked the media to stop using the word gang and claimed that Sudanese people culturally move in large groups.
The Victorian public is unlikely to be satisfied until see they tougher sentences actually being handed out by the court, the police supported in enforcing law and order. As Neighbourhood Watch was once a successful program its revival by the True Blue Crew in the social media age can also be part of the solution.