Alameda Court Considers Oakland’s Gang Injunction - Aimee Allison (VIDEO)
April 23, 2010Progressive Women’s Voices participant Aimee Allison, KPFA host and producer, reports on Oakland’s consideration of implementing a gang injunction. According to the ACLU, “gang injunctions are court orders that attempt to address crime by using a lower legal standard than required by the criminal justice system.” Following up on our new PWV video-journalism training, Allison interviewed Oakland City Attorney John Russo. Check out her piece below! Alameda court considers Oakland’s gang injunction Oakland City Attorney John Russo spoke publicly earlier today – on the KPFA Morning Show Wednesday morning – to present the case for supporting Oakland’s gang injunction. A hearing on the matter will be held in Alameda County Superior court at 8 a.m. April 22. Russo asserts the constitutionality of gang injunctions and characterizes the American Civil Liberties Union opposition as based on politics and philosophy, not law. He characterizes the Oakland gang injunction as narrower than other large cities such as Los Angeles and “more evolved” as a crime fighting tool. ACLU’s friend of the court brief asserts that the City Attorney hasn’t established that the gang injunction would not do more harm than good. Those opposing the gang injunction will rally at the hearing Thursday, as well, at 1 p.m. at the Alameda County Courthouse, 1221 Oak St., Dept. 20.