Skid Row Injunction Would Ban Up to 300 Drug Dealers from Area
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and other public safety officials gathered yesterday to announce a plan to create an injunction in Skid Row to curb drug dealing in the area. "The single biggest criminal threat facing this area is the open and notorious drug dealing," explained Trutanich at a press conference yesterday in Gladys Park, where protestors from the L.A. Community Action Network surrounded him, chanting loudly against the proposal.
The injunction is the first of its kind, where 80 specific drug dealers will be named. The list can be expanded up to 300. If the injunction is approved, those on the list can appeal the decision in front of a judge, but if that fails, they can be arrested for entering Skid Row.
Ed Fuentes of blogdowntown said activists protested "aspects of Skid Row policing that had little to do with the injunction." One said the injunction would "criminalize addiction," according to the LA Times.
Other concerns include the injunction's 220 John Doe spots on the list could be used for innocent acquaintances of known drug dealers. Trutanich said homeless will not be targeted. Rather, the list will include "commuter drug dealers," who are often members from different gangs who have agreed to share the local drug trade peacefully (the Grape Street Crips are specifically mentioned in the injunction).
The "Central City Recovery Zone" will be bound by Third Street on the north, Ninth Street to the south, Broadway to the west and Central Street to the east, noted KPCC.