Memphis D.A. Borrows West Coast Tactic, Files Nuisance Petition Against Gang


Mirrored after an anti-gang initiative on the West Coast, Memphis, Shelby County, Tn., and the District Attorney’s office have filed a nuisance petition against the Riverside Rolling Ninety’s Neighborhood Crips of South Memphis, reports WHBQ-TV, Fox 13. A multi-agency antigang unit compiled a list of about 5O known Rolling 90s Crips and filed an injunction against them that says if you are involved in any gang activity you are in direct violation of a court order. “So many of these members have criminal convictions for rape of a child, for aggravated robbery, for aggravated assault. We’re not going after people for who they are associated with,” says District Attorney Amy Weirich.

The injunction sets up a safety zone surrounded by about five blocks. Riverside Rolling Ninety’s members found involved in gang activity in the area will be in direct violation of a court order. “They are looking at contempt, so this is right now a civil proceeding, it says stop doing this. If you listen to us, great; if you don’t and you ignore us, you can be housed in the penal farm,” Weirich said. The injunction bars gang members from associating with each other. They are also prohibited form intimidating each other, possessing guns, or dangerous weapons or graffiti tools and drugs. The injunction calls for gang members to obey the law or be held in contempt. “It’s one thing we are trying to accomplish to make this neighborhood safer. It’s not going to fix everything, but it’s one more tool we can get some of these documented gang members off the street,” Weirich says.

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