Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman granted an injunction against Oakland’s North Side Gang on Wednesday — one that will restrict the activities, within a 100-block area, of 15 people the court found to be active members of the gang.
One of the 15 defendants opposed the injunction in court, according to a news release from city attorney John Russo’s office. Freedman’s order includes an opt-out process so that people no longer associated with the gang can be removed from the injunction.
Escalating violence associated with the North Side Oakland gang, including seven murders last year, was partly what motivated Oakland to seek the injunction, a Russo spokesman said in February (free reg. req.).
In April, the ACLU of Northern California and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area filed an amicus brief with the court opposing the proposed gang injunction.