Rocky Delgadillo attempts a Civil Gang Injunction Against the Rollin’ 60s Crips

By Alex Alonso for
July 17, 2003 | 5:59 p.m.

City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo will be attempting a civil gang injunction (CGI) against the Rollin’ 60s Crips when it will request approval from a judge to enjoin the activities of 31 members of this gang. The Rollin’ 60s, of the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles have been blamed for extortion, assaults, witness intimidation, including murders and are one of the most active gangs in the 77th Division of the LAPD.

In 1987, then, City Attorney James Hahn, popularized the gang injunction when he attempted to enjoin 300 members of the Play Boy Gangster Crips of the Cadillac-Corning area of Los Angeles near Beverly Hills. Between 1987 – 2000 the City and District attorneys have attempted 24 gang injunctions within Los Angeles County, and in 1997, the California Supreme Court deemed CGIs as constitutional. Since then, there has been only one successful challenge to a CGI when the City attempted to enjoin the Wilmas gang in 2002. Attorney John Hackmeister challenged the CGI not on constitutional grounds, but as a gang being identified as an “unincorporated association”.

But CGIs, including this one, have a host of other problems. First they are almost never targeted against the most violent gangs in the city but reserved more so against gangs that are geographically located near mainstream institutions and middle class communities. This CGI, at least has targeted a “real” gang, but in most instances CGIs target average gangs in places where political interests are strong. The Hyde Park area has recently seen millions of business dollars invested along the Slauson corridor where Magic Johnson, Keyshawn Johnson and other business elite want their investments protected and the shoppers safe from gang violence. This is obviously a great gesture to the community, but what CGIs are telling the rest of the city is, if there is no political interest in your community, you get no CGI. CGIs will win many converts when the safety and quality of life are the focus of the CGI objectives regardless if they are ever used in your neighborhood.

Second, CGIs never and cannot address the problems entire gangs pose. They are by design attempting to stifle the gang by choosing a select few member albeit the hardcore. Against the Rollin’ 60s, the City has already admitted that there are about 1,200 documented members of this gang, but the injunction is targeted against only 31 members. Over time, through recruitment, gang members mature, new gang members join, and the cycle of gang activity continues in the face of an injunction. The 18th Streets, Harpys, and MS are all active gangs in 2003, and they all dealt with CGIs in the past with some success but ultimately long term failure after a significant amount of resources are spent and the CGI imposition fades.

Third, the injunction almost always includes inactive gang members that are only guilty of loitering at most. If the CGI is about the gang and bringing safety to the community, then active gang members should be targeted since they are responsible for most of the crime the gang commits. Many inactive older members in most cases do not pose the type of threat that our politicians claim. For example, Grant Lyon, 39, who is named on the CGI has not committed a serious crime in 17 years, but nevertheless he is targeted in this CGI.

Fourth, although the Rollin’ 60s are one of the most active gangs, they also are one of the most victimized gangs with over 100 homicide victims. This victimization committed by the rivals of the 60s (i.e. 62 Brims, Eight Trey Gangsters, Inglewood Families, & Van Ness Gangsters) leaves gangs unchecked with a free pass to continue to “wreak its terror” on the Hyde Park area and its residents. Although the 60s are responsible for serious crimes, most of the serious gang crime (i.e. assaults, attempted murders, murder) in the Hyde Park area are committed by their rivals and outsiders.

And finally, because there is not a gang west of their turf, the named members can easily hang out in other areas within their community with violating any of the CGI provisions, so in that sense, much of the activity will just be displaced to avoid arrest whether it is violent or non- violent activity. This CGI, when passed will have some immediate positive impacts, but the long terms goals for this community are not addressed by this CGI and with the newer generation of youth coming up in the community, gang conflict will continue for years to come. The CGI began 15 years ago, and the overall assessment of their role in curbing gang activity would receive a failing grade. Yes, they have cleaned up specific streets, parks, and corners but to invest millions of dollars in implementing over 30 CGIs in Los Angeles County, again does not impact the bigger picture of gang violence.

The press release announcing this CGI stated that the Rolling 60s are the largest Crip gang in Los Angeles but there are in fact a few other gangs larger than the Rollin 60s that have never had injunctions against them.

To characterize this gang as the largest, in my view, is a propaganda ploy used to gain community and mainstream support for a CGI that many people know very little about. City officials often find the extreme violent act committed by the targeted gang to use as a launching point although there may be others gangs that are consistently violent.

Kevin Doucette (aka Cat) is named in the suit and plans on challenging the injunction when they go to court next month. He hopes that an attorney from either the ACLU or from another organization will provide their expertise in challenging this injunction. Cat stated that, “the City of Los Angeles has projected that we are so notorious, but we are not any different from any other hood in the city.” He continued to tell that many people from the neighborhood have reached out for help in the community in dealing with gang violence, but no official including Councilman Bernard Parks has spoke to any of the named gang members to date. Cat also added, “many 60s have interacted with the community but they are portraying us as if we are just terrorizing the neighborhood and that’s just not so…if they are going to put an injunction on our community there should be an injunction on the whole damn city.”

If the CGI is truly an effective tool then several gangs should have been already targeted in the past based on the same criteria used for targeting the Rollin 60s.

I don’t anticipate that many of the biggest gangs will be targeted for a CGI unless there is a level of political influence from a council member or economic interest in the approximate area of a gang. I can see the Black P Stones in the Jungles, Neighbor Hood Rollin 20s Bloods, Fruit Town Brims, Inglewood 18th Street, any Hollywood gang, any gangs close to a Councilpersons residence and gangs located in or near middle class suburban communities becoming future targets for the CGI.

Members of Rollin’ 60s are scheduled to appear in court on August 27, 2003 if they choose to challenge this order. They are currently seeking legal representation in this matter.

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