“Nobody… wants gang activity or drug dealing in our neighborhoods,” said Adele Coronado Greely, a founder of CREER [a community advocacy group]. “In the same vein, nobody wants innocent children put on a list that harms their family.”
There has been plenty of controversy about the use of gang injunctions to curb gang violence. It’s been used in large OC cities like Santa Ana and Garden Grove. However, one gang injunction that hasn’t been talked about too much (until now) is the one being enforced down in South Orange County. Specifically, gang injunctions are in place for specific neighborhoods in Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, and San Clemente.
OK, so why is this gang injunction in place in these South County communities? Apparently, gang violence was spiraling out of control and local authorities saw this as the best way to make these areas safe again. So now, there’s a 10 PM to 6 AM curfew in place in these neighborhoods. Also
no one’s the identified gang members are not allowed to wear “gang clothing” like a Dallas Cowboys jersey or any shirt with the number “13” on it, and no one can be spotted outside with “tools that can be used for burglary”. According to local authorities, the gang injunction is working and crime is falling in these once dangerous neighborhoods.
However, not everyone is happy about the gang injunction. Some community activists have called the injunctions racist, and critics have said that the injunction has only damaged an already troublesome relationship between the OC SheriffÃ‚â€™s Department and residents who say their encounters with deputies are often confrontational. Local authorities have recently met with these community activists, as some in the community think the gang injunction is doing more to target innocent bystanders mistaken as “gangbangers”.
So what do you think about the South County gang injunction? Is it fair? Is it right? Go ahead and have your say.