|For Immediate Release
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
ANAHEIM GANG MEMBERS SUBJECT TO EIGHTH GANG INJUNCTION FOR TERRORIZING NEIGHBORS, SCHOOLS, AND THE COMMUNITY
ANAHEIM – Members of an Anaheim criminal street gang were notified today that they have been permanently enjoined from terrorizing the community and acting as a public nuisance in the eighth civil gang injunction to be brought against an Orange County gang. This is the second injunction in the City of Anaheim and the second to be brought against the institution of the gang as the sole defendant.
Between April 21, 2010, and April 30, 2010, police officers served 26 members with the injunction lawsuit on behalf of their Anaheim criminal street gang. A permanent injunction was signed on June 25, 2010, by the Honorable Kazuharu Makino and 60 of the most active members of the gang were served today, July 7, 2010, with notice of the permanent injunction and its terms.
The Anaheim Police Department (APD) will enforce this injunction. Deputy District Attorney Susan Eckermann of the Gang Unit prepared the civil injunction on behalf of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA).
The service of the injunction was a cooperative effort between APD, OCDA, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Orange County Probation Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The Anaheim City Attorney’s Office assisted in the preparation of the injunction.
WHAT IS AN INJUNCTION?
A gang injunction is a civil order that restricts or prohibits documented gang members from participating in specific acts or activities within a designated area, or “Safety Zone,” that may not be inherently criminal. The terms are designed to curb intimidating or harassing behavior. If a member of an enjoined gang violates the terms, he or she will be arrested and face prosecution. The case may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor for disobeying a court order and the defendant will be placed on gang probation terms or be sent to jail for up to six months.
This injunction names the gang as the defendant. The gang injunction subjects all active, documented members to prohibitive terms including a restriction that prohibits any association between members of the gang. Association includes standing, sitting, walking, driving, bicycling, gathering, or appearing anywhere in public or public view with any known member of the gang (except while at school or in church). The terms also maintain that there can be no intimidation, use or sale of drugs, consuming alcohol in public, guns or dangerous weapons, fighting, trespassing, blocking free passage, graffiti or vandalism, gang hand signs, gang clothes, burglary tools, or acting as a lookout. In addition, the gang members must obey curfew and all laws.
Gang members who are subject to the terms of the injunction against the Anaheim criminal street gang include the most active gang members who are well-documented through personal admission and/or affiliation, associating with known gang members, dressing in the style of the gang or having gang tattoos, possessing gang paraphernalia, and/or committing crimes for the benefit of the gang.