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Second Gang Injuction Proposed for Oakland

City Attorney John Russo
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City Attorney John Russo

Just five months after the Oakland city attorney got court approval for an injunction against alleged members of gangs in a portion of the city's northern reaches, he is going back to court to seek another for central Oakland.

At a press conference today, Oakland City Attorney John Russo and Police Chief Anthony Batts announced that they have filed a request with the Alameda County Superior Court for an injunction against 42 members of the Norteno gang.

As in the other injunction, if approved by the court, this one would limit the actions and movements of those named by City Attorney John Russo with the aim of limiting their mutual associations and potential criminal activities.

Russo and Batts claim that Norteno members have been involved in nearly three-dozen shootings in Oakland this year to date. But gang injunctions have critics who question their effectiveness and impacts on a neighborhood. As reported by The Bay Citizen, residents of San Francisco's Visitacion Valley harbored deep reservations about a proposed gang injunction there.

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