Melbourne police have unveiled a series of high-tech non-lethal weapons to combat gang violence in the city after a violent fight over the weekend.
Police were criticized for failing to take stronger action in the Sunday morning incident that reportedly involved 200 young people of African and island descent and saw six injured and one hospitalized.
Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton announced that during the past six months, 100 units of the Operational Response Unit of the riot police have been training with new weapons and are now ready to be deployed.
"Public disorder will not be tolerated," Ashton said. Age.
"We are going to send a clear message to the people we are going to deal with with all the tools we have available."
He said that the tactics used by the police will be "quite confusing" and that, finally, 300 police officers will be trained to use the new equipment.
The new weapons include 15 semiautomatic 175-shot pepper ball rifles that fire pepper projectiles, marble-sized pellets and dye markers to identify the criminals for later identification.
Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton (photo, left) announced that during the past six months, 100 riot police have been training with new weapons that are now ready to be deployed.
Also 40mm launchers that shoot projectiles similar to "pumpkin balls" will be used. designed to hit the criminals from 50 meters away and with the force of a 'very hard hit'.
Other weapons include sting grenades, which roll into crowds that emit light, smoke and rubber pellets up to waist height. Distraction devices designed to disperse violent crowds and pepper pots that will detonate a cloud and will be used as a last resort. .
The new team is expected to minimize police injuries, since it will not be necessary to physically confront the rioters, and they will also receive a new light armor and helmets.
The police tactics will be "quite confusing" and 300 police will eventually use the new equipment
"The purpose is to maintain public order while minimizing the risk of injury to the police, the public and criminals," said Superintendent Tim Tully of the Operations Support Division.
In addition to the new equipment, new strategies will be implemented to ensure a greater police presence in possible riot scenarios.
The new riot police will be placed out of sight at events that become violent, and a riot truck will be used to record the violent activity and help identify those escaping arrest at the scene.
In addition to the new team, new strategies will be implemented to ensure a greater police presence in the events that are conducive to becoming violent.
Officials were repeatedly warned about the potential for violence at the disco launch party on Saturday night before the event ended in a fight, a car rampage and a victim in critical condition at the hospital.
Around 200 young people, many of them of African origin and from the Pacific islands, participated in the scuffle that spread from the Hotel Gasometer in Collingwood in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Victoria police revealed they had concerns about the event and were aware of several teenagers who attended with criminal convictions, The Australian reported.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Bob Hill said: "Certainly (66 Registers) is … a group that we have been very aware of and have been monitoring.
A crowd of more than 200 people had spilled on the streets after a label launch party
"The Victoria Police knew that we had people participating or attending the event we knew, that they knew they had a criminal record that represented a risk."
Wayne Gatt, the head of the police association, raised questions regarding allegations that police on the ground had requested additional personnel, but were rejected.
& # 39; Had all the characteristics of a fight waiting to happen. (Additional resources) certainly were not dedicated to that place, I understand that they were sharing nine other high-risk events that night, "said Mr. Gatt.
Mr. Hill disputed those claims and said that the police were monitoring the site, and that they were on the scene a few minutes after the collision of the car.
While admitting that arrests may have occurred, he praised the tactical commander and the police for their work and risk assessment on a case-by-case basis.
"We have a main offender who was the driver of the car," said Major Tim Hansen.
Laa Chol (left and right) died at a party he attended in Melbourne at the end of July. It is not known if the violence on Sunday was an attack of revenge for his death
The admission came when David Bilal, 18, was in serious condition after a car ran over him during the fight.
The man allegedly had a teenager accused of the death of Laa Chol, 19, the night he died.
Mr. Hill said that currently there is no information indicating that the two incidents are related, or that the fight was the result of a revenge attack for the alleged murder.
The victim remains in the Alfred Hospital in a serious condition, as his father urges to stop the violence.
It's the worst nightmare of parents, you know what I mean. It was father's day and the last thing you want is to go see if your son is alive or not, "he told the Herald Sun.
& # 39; This madness has to stop. & # 39;
Blood is seen in a car on the scene after a vehicle collided with cars parked in the early hours of Sunday
The admission of police awareness comes only a day after Prime Minister Scott Morrison provided a scathing assessment of Melbourne's gang crisis in the wake of the street fight.
The prime minister said there is a reason why problems are occurring in Melbourne and not in other major cities in Australia.
"We have the largest proportion of the Sudanese population in New South Wales. [But] We do not have these problems. Why is it happening in Melbourne? He asked at 3AW Radio on Monday.
"There is a problem of law and order, clearly, in Victoria, even though we have the same challenges in other cities of the country."
Scott Morrison (with his wife Jenny) has provided a scathing assessment of Melbourne's gang crisis in the wake of a violent street fight
The prime minister told how the former New South Wales police commissioner Andrew Scipione changed the name of the New South Wales Police Service to the New South Wales Police Force, causing a cultural change.
"Law and order mean something in New South Wales and I think the Victorians who ask the big question, why is this happening in our city and is not happening in other places?" he said.
"There is not the same problem, even though we have the same challenges in other cities of the country, even in my hometown of Sydney, because we have a police force that is a force."
"There is a problem of law and order, clearly, in Victoria, even though we have the same challenges in other cities of the country," Morrison said.
He said that it was up to the Victorian Prime Minister, Daniel Andrews, to make sure that "there is a police force that is a force."
"When this control and rule of law in your community is not imposed and imposed, people take advantage of it," he said.
Mr. Morrison did not accept that there is a racial element in gang violence in Melbourne.
"There is also a large proportion of Sudanese in New South Wales, but we do not have that problem, this is a problem of law and order," he said.
The organizer of an event that sparked a savage fight and left a teenager fighting for life warned that the violence of the revelers will not be tolerated.
"During the scuffle, a car collided with several cars parked on Mater Street and immobilized a person against the parked vehicle," police commander Tim Hansen told reporters.
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest that the injured man was involved in any way with the death of Ms. Chol, or any wrongdoing on the night of his death.
Six other people were injured in the fight, while three cars were damaged and police are still searching for the instigators.
No arrests have been made yet.
Three patrols were on duty to monitor the launch of the 66 Registers and the police had marked the place for monitoring after the recent crimes involving the Pacific Islanders and African communities.
The organizer of the event, J-Nelly, told attendees that they were on their best behavior in a Facebook post on Friday, saying that "violence will not be tolerated."
"A moment of anger is not worth a life of bad labeling (sic)," he wrote.
In a Facebook post on Friday, event organizer J-Nelly said he had met with "federal detectives".