First Arrest For Standing In Front of Renowned Chicano Mural in Orange
On Monday, his mother spent the entire day in juvenile court (although the injunction is a civil lawsuit, once someone is caught violating its terms, they are sent to criminal court), fighting to get her son -- who had never been arrested in his life -- out of juvenile hall. A judge finally heard her case and agreed to let her son go, urging that he just "stay away from the mural." A tricky thing given that the mural sits right outside the kid's home, and has nothing to do with gang violence, says Emigdio Vasquez.
Neighbors in the area have erupted in protest since the injunction was served in late February. Parents, community members and defendants have vowed to fight what they say are extreme terms (such as the mural ban, for example) of this latest effort by the DA's office to clamp down on a neighborhood they say is mired in gang violence.