Gangsters dominate an apartment complex in South Los Angeles, but local residents are divided over the city’s decision to evict all the tenants, active gang members or not, young and old, the Los Angeles Times says. The city says that it is the only way to rid the neighborhood of the East Coast Crips, a gang police say has been involved in recent shootings. Some residents say some of the tenants are the victims of guilt by association. Some of those being evicted, they say, are not in gangs but have cousins, nephews, sons or siblings who are. What are they supposed to do, they ask, turn their backs on family?
On Dec. 2, Judge Susan Bryant-Deason required the property to be vacated by Feb. 7 and boarded up for three months. The fate of the property after that time is unclear, although city officials have expressed hope that it will be used for retail purposes. City officials said that the injunction was the last resort after years of attempting other remedies such as increased patrols, better lighting, and negotiations with various property owners.