Yolo County Seeks New Gang Injunction

Share |
(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 24, 2008

Nearly one year after the original gang injunction was struck down by a state appeals court for being unconstitutional, the Yolo County District Attorney’s office is giving it another try. Deputy DA Jay Linden says a permanent injunction would help police. 

"With the tools of the injunction, they may be able to prevent crimes before they happen when seeing gang members congregating."  

The injunction would ban public gatherings of gang members, set up curfews and restrict alcohol use. Latino community activists say the injunction leads to racial profiling. Phil Barros is with La Raza Network. 

"If you look like a person that might be a gang member or you’re hanging around with somebody that appears to probably be from that lifestyle, they’re going to stop you for just that."

But Deputy DA Linden says the injunction only targets criminals. 

"This is not martial law. This injunction will apply to individuals who have been specifically served with a court order."

Yolo County prosecutors say that during the two years the injunction was in effect, gang violence dropped significantly.