Are The Police Sending Out The Wrong Message With Warning Of Gangland Shootings?

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Shouldn’t They Be Warning The Gangsters That They Are Coming After Them Instead Of Fear Mongering!

Police held a big press conference Tuesday to announce that anyone with links to the Indo-Canadian dominated Duhre and Dhak gangs could be at risk in the wake of a shooting of one of their associates, in what many saw as an unusual police warning. If the police have information on the ensuing violence, why don’t they arrest those who are seeking to commit it like they did when jailed gangster Jamie Bacon was targeted. Or are they deliberately trying to fan the flames of gang rivalries, especially since in this case it pits two ethnic/Indo-Canadian dominated gangs against largely Caucasian rivals in the Red Scorpions and Hells Angels.

By R. Paul Dhillon With News Files

SURREY – Instead of putting the fear in the lawless gangsters after the latest gangland shooting in North Surrey last Friday that police is coming after them – the so-called Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s Gang Task Force was busy putting the fear in the unsuspecting public, saying the general public and anyone associated with two much hyped Indo-Canadian gangs – the Duhre brothers backed gang and the Dhak Crew – are at risk of getting caught in the crossfire.

Police held a big press conference Tuesday to announce that anyone with links to the Duhre and Dhak gangs could be at risk in the wake of a shooting of one of their associates, in what many saw as an unusual warning issued.

Supt. Tom McCluskie of the CFSEU said they have reason to believe those people are being targeted by rival criminal groups, and that gang tensions are escalating.

“We are issuing this warning to family, friends and others who are linked to these groups and highly recommend they take note of the risks when in contact with the Duhres and Dhaks, including their associates,” he said.

If the police have information on the ensuing violence, why don’t they arrest those who are seeking to commit it like they did when jailed gangster Jamie Bacon was targeted. Or are they deliberately trying to fan the flames of gang rivalries, especially since in this case it pits two ethnic/Indo-Canadian dominated gangs against largely Caucasian rivals in the Red Scorpions and Hells Angels.

Many in the Indo-Canadian community that the LINK talked to this week didn’t want to talk on the record but criticized police’s fear mongering. They said it sends a wrong message to the gangsters that it is open season.

“What they should be saying is – ‘gangsters be aware as we are watching you and we are going to get you’ but instead they seem to be rousing the gangs to do their dirty work and partake in such brazen shootings that obviously will endanger the public,” said an individual who is familiar with the local gang scene.

The individual particularly criticized McLuskie, saying the cop is known to shoot from the hip on such announcements.

When the media questioned McCluskie about the announcement, he  admitted that the warning is unorthodox but insisted it needs to be taken very seriously.

“We want to assure the public that every effort is being made to get ahead of this violence should it erupt again on our streets,” McCluskie said.

The shooting last Friday night in North Surrey, where well known Abbotsford-based gangster Jujhar Singh Khun-Khun was shot,took place on a city street and police say the public nature of the crime increases the likelihood an innocent bystander will get caught in the middle.

CFSEU officers are working with the RCMP Serious Crimes Section on the Khun-Khun shooting investigation.

Khun-Khun, who has a long criminal past, has been identified as a member of the Dhak group, which is linked to a few other local gangs, believed to be in opposition to the Hells Angels.

Police received a call of a shooting at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the 10100-block of 144 Street. They arrived to find Khun-Khun shot. He was taken to hospital where he remains in critical condition.

On Aug. 14, four people were shot outside the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna. Red Scorpion Jonathan Bacon was killed and others were injured, including Larry Amero of the White Rock Hells Angels, reported the Surrey Leader newspaper.

A Gang Task Force media release on Sept. 7 indicated police had information that something retaliatory was going to happen.

“To date, intelligence and information indicates that tensions amongst rival gangs have increased exponentially since the Kelowna shooting and it’s no longer a question of if retaliation will occur, but when,” the task force said. “The potential for a violent reprisal is not restricted to any one community, and can occur anywhere at any time.”

The release said at that time, the Gang Task Force had assigned 65 officers to the tensions arising from the Kelowna shooting. Whalen said there’s always a possibility the Dhak group will try to strike back after Khun-Khun’s shooting.

Khun-Khun made news in Surrey in 2007 after his 19-year-old fianceé was killed when she fell from the moving SUV he was driving. No charges were laid in that case.

The same year, Khun-Khun was sentenced, along with an associate, to three years in prison for kidnapping and robbing a truck driver – an incident the judge called “random, brazen and senseless.”