Townsend Gang Injunction in Santa Ana is Subject of a Court Hearing Wednesday

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Santa Ana Gang Unit officers check out Townsend Street apartment units.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning on a preliminary injunction against Santa Ana's Townsend Gang, the 13th Orange County street gang to face such sanctions.

OC DA Files Gang Injunction Against Townsend Street Gang in Santa Ana

As my colleague Gabriel San Roman reported in June, the Orange County District Attorney's office filed for a preliminary gang injunction on Townsend, and Santa Ana police officers followed by serving notices to those named in it.

But Wednesday's 10 a.m. hearing in the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana will concern challenges by at least 10 people who claim to be wrongly named in the injunction, which the OCDA and Santa Ana Police Department want made permanent.

The area the injunction covers is from the south curb line of First Street at Sullivan Street, extending east to the east curb line of Raitt Street, south to the south curb line of McFadden Avenue, west to the west curb line of Sullivan Street and north to the south curb line of First Street at Sullivan.

"Do not stand, sit, walk, drive, bicycle, gather or appear with anyone you know to be a member, participant, associate, servant, employee aider or abetter," or "anyone you know to be acting under, in concert with, for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with the TOWNSEND STREET criminal street gang," reads the document. Exceptions exist for school and church, but not for how people served get to those locations.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has said families and residents within the "safety zone" have been terrorized for years by the gang, and that these injunctions have reduced crime by 65 percent in targeted areas.

Chican@s Unidos activists argue gang injunctions violate civil rights and due process. They are closing watching the injunction process, as is the American Civil Liberties Union, which has successfully challenged parts of previous injunctions in court.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!


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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Because some losers scream jail overcrowding , which with thousands of acres and plenty of tents available is buuullll shhheeet


we have these "solutions" which are childish 



I see up in Oakland Raiders land they wont let criminals wear Raiders jerseys 



stop allowing the losers to allow the criminals out on the streets


and then not only keep us unarmed but come up with these foolish "Solutions"

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Blatant civil rights violations in the name of "safety". I fear the loss of liberty more than the loss of my life.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle



I fear the loss of my life with known criminals allowed out on the streets as 

my liberty would in fact be protected if


known criminals would lose theirs

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