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Mon, Nov 15, 2010 -- 5:30 PM

Oakland City Attorney Stands By Gang Injunctions


Oakland City Attorney Stands By Gang Injunctions
Oakland law enforcement officials have adopted a controversial tactic to fight crime in some parts of the city: gang injunctions. The process identifies specific suspected gang members and essentially issues a restraining order forbidding them to associate with other gang members and barring them from certain areas at certain hours of the day. The injunctions have been criticized as a blunt tool that encourages profiling and violates individual civil rights while doing little to deter violence. But Oakland City Attorney John Russo tells host Cy Musiker that an injunction slapped on a dozen North Oakland gang suspects last year has worked as intended and that he plans to proceed with future court orders.

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