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)

Oakland gang injunction area map

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.

Also, for pro and con positions on gang injunctions, take a look at the Oakland City Attorney’s site then the ACLU of Northern California’s opposition page.


Oakland Gang Injunctions 14 October,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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