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After years of gang-related activity around Fremont High School in South LA, the state and city filed an injunction last Friday, seeking to restrict four gangs from the area for the majority of the day.
“These brutally violent street gangs have indiscriminately terrorized students who simply wanted to travel to and from school,” said Attorney General Brown, who filed the case with LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. “This first-of-its-kind injunction would create a gang-free zone around Fremont High School that shields students from violence, intimidation and drug trafficking.”
If approved, the four "most active and aggressive street gangs"--Swan Bloods gang, Main Street Crips, 7-Trey Hustler Crips and Florencia 13--will be under a strict 14-hour curfew split three times throughout the day for the 1.4 square mile area surrounding the school.
Brown cites numerous incidents as to why an injunction should be place in the area. Among them, last April, a young male was shot by a young female in broad daylight right next to the school. A couple months earlier, a Main Street Crip gang member armed with a handgun took a family hostage seven blocks away. And in October 2008, a 7-Trey Hustlers/Gangster Crips gang member shot into crowd of rival Swan Blood gang members with an assault rifle about one block from Fremont High School at 76th Street and San Pedro Street, killing an eight-year-old girl.
Brown believes that many crimes also go unreported by people who fear retaliation.
Using public nuisance codes and the Tom Bane Civil Rights Act, which includes the right to safe passage to and from school, a public education and a safe and secure campus, police can enforce gang members listed in the injunction from during school travel times and during the evening. Those times are 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m and 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
If approved, the gang injunction would prohibit...
- Standing, sitting, walking, driving, gathering or appearing anywhere in public view, in a public place or in any place accessible to the public, with any other known gang member in the zone;
- Confronting, intimidating, annoying, harassing, threatening, challenging, provoking, assaulting, or battering any person who lives in, works in, visits or passes through the zone;
- Possessing any firearm, ammunition or weapon, whether or not concealed, in a public place or in any place accessible to the public within the zone;
- Selling, transporting, possessing or using, any controlled substance, drug or drug-related paraphernalia within the zone;
- Acting as a lookout by whistling, yelling, or signaling to warn another person engaged in unlawful or nuisance activity of the approach of law enforcement officers within the zone;
- Obstructing, impeding or blocking the free passage of any person or vehicle on any street, walkway, sidewalk, driveway, alley or parking lot within the zone;
- Drinking or possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage in public within the safety zone;
- Damaging, defacing, marking, painting or otherwise applying graffiti to any public or private property or possessing any item to carry out such acts within the zone;
- Loitering in public for the purpose of tagging graffiti, drug-related activity or any other unlawful or nuisance activity within the zone; and
- Being present in or on the property of another person that is not open to the general public without the owner's consent within the zone.
Other crimes, according to Brown...
- In March 2009, Swan Blood gang members attacked a young woman from behind in broad daylight and stole her necklace at a laundromat adjacent to Fremont High School on 78th Street and San Pedro Street.
- In November 2008, three Swan Blood gang members approached a 16-year-old student from behind, knocked him to the ground, punched and kicked him in the head and face, knocked him unconscious, and took his property. The crime occurred about four blocks from Fremont High School on McKinley Avenue at 80th Street.
- In 2008, Florencia 13 gang members surrounded a Fremont High School student, asked him where he was from, yelled out, "This is Florencia!" proceeded to punch and kick him, and stole his money and electronics. The crime occurred less than one block from Fremont High School at 79th Street and Avalon Boulevard.
- In October 2007, a Florencia 13 gang member tried to stab a 15-year-old student walking home with a screw driver. Five to six gang members then punched and kicked the student, causing an eye abrasion, swelling to both sides of his face, bloody lips, a bump on his head and vomiting.
- In June 2007, a Swan Blood gang member murdered two young men in an alley about six blocks from Fremont High School, near 84th Street and San Pedro Street.