New Injunction Issued Against San Francisco Gang Members

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A San Francisco Superior Court judge on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction to keep two rival gangs out of the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

The injunction bans 41 suspected gang members from congregating near Sunnydale and two other nearby housing projects.

Deputy City Attorney Yvonne Mere said violent crime connected to the Towerside Gang and the Down Below Gangsters warrants the stay-away injunctions.

“It’s shooting across public streets,” she said. “Bullets are found in people’s windows or in their cars.”

The city built its case around police reports of assaults, shootings and groups congregating in large, menacing numbers, said Deputy City Attorney Michael Weiss.

There was no motion filed to oppose the injunction.

In the past, Public Defender Jeff Adachi has argued that suspects wrongly named as gang members face tremendous difficulties trying to be removed from such an injunction.

This is the fourth time that city attorney Dennis Herrera’s office has used a civil injunction to control gang-related crime.

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