CA Anti-Gang Order Covers Loitering, Dress, Alcohol


Police will tell members of a gang in Oxnard, Ca., that they can no longer hang out in public, wear certain clothing, or drink alcohol under the terms of an injunction approved this week, reports the Los Angeles Times. A judge approved a prosecutors’ request for a 4.26-square-mile enforcement zone. Prosecutor Karen Wold said the injunction covers about 200 active members of the Southside Chiques, the city’s second-largest criminal street gang.

Oxnard police have said violent crime has dropped 10 percent since an earlier anti-gang injunction was authorized. The second enforcement area has received wide public support at community meetings, Wold said. “People just don’t want to tolerate gangs,” she said. “They are tired of the shootings, the murders and the graffiti. People are saying enough is enough.” The earlier order barred gang members from assembling, wearing gang colors, or loitering outdoors after 10 p.m. within a designated 6.6-square mile “safety zone” around one neighborhood.


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