Hollywood gang injunction seems to be working
- Gang-Related Crime Down
May 12, 2004 1:55 pm US/Pacific
Officials said a gang injunction in Hollywood has street thugs on the run.
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and police Chief William Bratton said Tuesday that gang-related crime in the area was cut in half so far this year because of the aggressive injunction targeting the city’s largest gang.
“We have them on the run, and we’re going to keep them on the run,” Delgadillo said. “I’m not declaring victory today, but, referring back to my old football days, I like our field position.”
A court-ordered injunction that went into effect in November against the 18th Street gang was credited with the Hollywood crime slide. The injunction bars them from associating with other gang members in public in the Hollywood area, recruiting anyone under the age of 18, intimidating other people for any reason, and other restrictions.
Gang-related crimes in the Hollywood area dropped 49.5 percent in the first four months of 2004, compared to the same period last year. The figures include a 60 percent reduction in robberies, a 58 percent drop in attempted homicides and a 47 percent decrease in felony assaults.
Citywide, gang-related crime has fallen 17 percent in the first four months of 2004.