A gang injunction is a restraining order against a group. It is a civil suit that seeks a court order declaring the gang’s public behavior a nuisance and asking for special rules directed toward it’s activity. Injunctions can address the neighborhood’s gang problem before it reaches the level of felony crime activity.
Gang injunctions have a clearly demonstrable positive affect on the neighborhood area covered. Some have had a remarkable effect. In smaller areas, gang nuisance activity can be permanently removed. In larger areas, with gangs entrenched for years, the gang’s hold on the area can be reduced and maintained with a small team of law enforcement officers.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – On Friday, July 29, 2011, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, along with Rialto Police Captain Tony Farrar, announced the filing of a lawsuit seeking a gang injunction in the City of Rialto against the criminal street gang “Hustla Squad Clicc.” Dubbed “Operation Hush-A-Squad,” the first phase of the operation consisted of the preliminary service of the gang injunction. A total of 25 preliminary gang injunctions were served.
The second phase of the operation was a zero tolerance proactive patrol of the high crime and gang areas in the City of Rialto that included over 130 law enforcement officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout San Bernardino County. In addition, several parole and probation checks were conducted.
The operation totals were: 89 arrests for various misdemeanor and felony crimes; 3 firearms seized; and a substantial amount of marijuana, methamphetamine, and cocaine were recovered.