Oct. 31, 2011 -- Appeals Court upholds ruling against North Side Oakland gang
On June 2, 2010, Superior Court Judge Freedman ordered an injunction to disrupt the operations of a criminal enterprise responsible for dozens of shootings, robberies and other major crimes in North Oakland in recent years.
An injunction is similar to a restraining order. It is designed to restrict the criminal organization's ability to plan and commit more crimes within an area called a Safety Zone (Map).
The City sought an injunction against the North Side Oakland crime organization because of the severe and increasing violence associated with its members. In 2007, there were three NSO-related incidents involving murder, shooting or gun possession. In 2008, that number rose to seven incidents. In 2009 that escalated to 18 incidents, including seven murders.
The injunction will only apply to adults. It will initially apply to 15 NSO members based on their records of criminal and nuisance activity, including convictions for armed robbery, felony drunk driving, drug sales, carjacking, grand theft, domestic battery and other major crimes. One has a pending case for assault with a deadly weapon and threatening a witness not to testify. All evidence is filed with the court and open to the public.
- Do not associate with other enjoined gang members in public (see proposed order for exceptions).
- Do no confront, intimidate or assault witnesses.
- Do not possess firearms or dangerous weapons.
- Stay away from drugs.
- No trespassing.
- No gang recruitment.
- Follow time restrictions.
A violation of the injunction is considered contempt of court – punishable by up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
This injunction will not prevent anyone from attending school, work or religious activities. It will not ever prevent anyone from seeking medical care for themselves or their children.
All individuals covered by an injunction have due process rights – anyone added to the injunction will have the opportunity to argue their case in court, and they will only be included with approval from a judge. Anyone on the list who is no longer associated with the gang will be able to go through an “opt-out” process to be removed.