Is it time for gang injunctions in Stockton? | News
STOCKTON, CA - Not too far to the south of Stockton, Modesto officials report great success after establishing gang injunctions. But Stockton isn't considering that move right now.
The injunctions can give police the right to arrest gang members for being together, being in a neighborhood that's off-limits, or wearing colors that indicate gang involvement.
"We are very pleased with how effective it's been. The injunctions have functioned as we hoped they would," said Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager.
But in Stockton, police said times have changed. It's not practical to make it illegal to be in a designated neighborhood.
"What we've seen over time, with gang members, they're more mobile and not in one area anymore. They're in one part of the city one day and in another the next," said spokesman Officer Joe Silva.
Silva said the department is working with several other crime-reduction, and even though injunctions may one day be used, there are no current plans.
However, the department reported injunctions worked when they were applied to seven gang members living near Louis Park in west Stockton.
Stockton set a new homicide record in 2012 with 71 murders, some of them gang-related. That topped the previous record of 58, set the year before.