Injunction targets San Bernardino gang
Melissa Pinion-Whitt (The Sun)
Posted: 12/21/2009 08:00:00 PM PST
ADELANTO – The District Attorney’s Office on Monday announced it is seeking an injunction against Adelanto’s Brown Pride Gang, the third gang injunction the office has pursued in less than two years.
Prosecutors said they filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking an injunction against the 20-year-old gang, which has 80 to 100 members.
“It will take a few months to make it a permanent injunction, but we don’t see any problems with that occurring,” said San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos.
Gang members have been involved with shootings, auto burglaries and thefts, as well as graffiti and drug activity, according to Ramos’ office.
The injunction will prohibit members from wearing gang clothing in public, displaying gang tattoos and associating with each other in what the District Attorney’s Office calls a “safety zone.”
The zone is bordered roughly on the south by Joshua Avenue, east of Perimeter Road to the east, Avalon Avenue to the north and Otter Avenue on the west. It includes several schools and Richardson Park.
Before the injunction becomes permanent, Ramos said gang members will have an opportunity to attend notice hearings through the courts. But even during past hearings for other injunctions, few members have attended.
In August 2008, an injunction was sought against the Colton Crips, banishing them from the Arbor Terrace apartment complex, which was considered the gang’s home turf for selling drugs.
Prosecutors pursued another injunction the month before against the South Side Rialto gang, keeping them from congregating within a 2-square- mile safety zone, which includes three elementary schools and two high schools.
Ramos said the District Attorney’s Office has seen positive results from both injunctions and that prosecutors have received feedback from residents of the Arbor Terrace complex.
“We’ve been able to stop the drug dealing in the apartments and the surrounding businesses. People aren’t afraid to go into those stores and go shopping again,” he said.
The District Attorney’s Office is working on new injunctions, one of which will target a gang in the county’s West End. Ramos did not reveal the city or gang name in question.
“It takes months to do, but it’s all worth it in the end,” Ramos said.
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