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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.

Click on the audio player to learn more about Oakland’s gang injunctions.

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  1. Paul on March 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    If you’re going to pull text directly form Wikipedia, you should cite the source!

    From Wikipedia:
    …It is based on the legal theory that gang activity constitutes a public nuisance that prevents non-gang members from enjoying peace in their communities.

    • Nicole Jones on March 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm


      Thanks for the observation.

      But when I asked Barry Krisberg (interviewed in the audio piece), attorneys and several other people to define a gang theory they came up with a very similar if not almost exact definition. Appreciate the comment, but I did not depend on Wikipedia for that information.


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