As we reported on-air this morning:
"Oakland community groups are planning to rally at noon today in opposition to gang injunctions requested by police. The injunction, issued in June, prohibits gang members in a North Oakland neighborhood from hanging out in public, recruiting, or carrying guns or drugs. The groups who are rallying say the measures promote racial profiling and stigmatize people who need rehabilitation and other assistance."
The rally comes on the heels of yesterday's announcement by the Oakland City Attorney that Oakland will seek another injunction, this one against the Norteños street gang in the Fruitvale neighborhood. If an Alameda County Superior court judge approves, alleged gang members will have to abide by a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Russo said the Norteños have been involved in 35 shootings this year. (Map of the proposed area subject to the injunction below)
For an excellent summary of the Norteno injunctions and a history of gang injunctions as a Bay Area law enforcement tool, listen to today's KALW Crosscurrents report.
- Radio report and transcript: Gang injunctions explained (KALW Crosscurrents)
- SF Superior Court approves Visitacion Valley gang injunction (Sept 30, KALW News)
- Oakland City Attorney: Gang Injunctions
- ACLU of Northern California: What is a Gang Injunction?
- More gang injunction coverage (Oakland Local)