Controversy continues over proposed Fruitvale gang injunction
on February 28, 2011
Last October, Oakland City Attorney John Russo proposed a gang injunction against 40 alleged members of the Nortenos gang in the Fruitvale neighborhood. This is Oakland’s second proposed gang injunction. It’s a controversial legal theory that says gang activity is a public nuisance that prevents non-gang members from enjoying peace in their communities.
Critics of the injunction say that money would better spent going toward violence prevention programs. Russo says gang injunctions are just one tactic for combating violence. Dozens of depositions and testimonies from police offices, criminal justice experts and the alleged gang members will continue to be heard in court by an Alameda County Judge. A final decision though may not be expected until this fall.
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