Evictions, Loss Of Cars, Part Of L.A. Gang Crackdown

Evictions, Loss Of Cars, Part Of L.A. Gang Crackdown

Chance writes: Mayor Antonio Villarigosa has released a new city law in Los Angeles, California that says if a Gang member commits a crime with a gun then the gangster will lose him car and be evicted from his apartment.

I assume that if the gang members name is on the rental agreement, then his whole family will be evicted too. The reason is because his name was on the rental agreement. If his name is not then maybe he will be asked to leave only.

The problem is identifying who is a gang member. A lot of what people call gang paraphernalia like certain ways of wearing clothes is also apart of the hip hop culture.
Baggy clothes, large T shirts and shirt, caps, hats, and shoes are apart of the hip hop culture.

Wearing these types of clothes does not mean you are a gang member. It is fashion. You have adults of all ethnic backgrounds in their twenties and thirties who dress this way. And, they are not gangsters.

If a person commits a crime with a gun that does not mean he or she is a gang member.
This city law was the result of a lot of frustration that has come about due to too many people in Los Angeles County being murdered by gang members with guns.

Law enforcement officials should do everything in their power to make sure a person is a gang member — before they take the person’s car and have them evicted from their apartment.

The new law went into effect July 1, 2008.


Evictions, Car Seizures Part of L.A. Gang Crackdown


Final Call, News Report , By Melanie Muhammad, Posted: Saturday, Jul 05, 2008

LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) –
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was flanked by police Chief William Bratton and representatives from various local, state and federal agencies, when he unveiled a new gang and gun enforcement initiative aimed at stemming violence in the city.

“In order to permanently reduce gang violence, illegal firearms must be public enemy number one,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “Today, we are taking aim at the worst offenders and empowering law enforcement with the tools to disarm our most violent street gangs,” he added.

According to LAPD statistics, last year 394 people were murdered and 78 percent were killed by a firearm.Of the nearly 400 people killed, approximately 58 percent were killed in gang-related violence, authorities said.A 27-page report outlining the initiative focuses its use of more aggressive tactics involving civil gang injunctions, stiffer gun penalties, a higher level of collaboration between varied law enforcement agencies and greater suppression efforts in designated “hot” zones.

The new measures, effective July 1, also impact driving and housing.

“If you engage in violent acts with guns, you’re not going to be allowed to drive a vehicle without that vehicle being seized,” Chief Bratton said during the press conference broadcast by a local ABC affiliate. “If you engage in violent acts with guns in Los Angeles as a gang member, we’re going to take your apartment, we’re going to kick your family out and we’re going to give you a new residence—and your residence will be a 12-by-8 cell with somebody you might not want to be in the cell with,” he added.Under this initiative, landlords will have greater power to evict anyone found using a gun within 1,000 feet of their residence.In addition, the city would have the right to seize vehicles used in gang-related crimes.

The mayor’s policies have caused concerns among civil libertarians and community leaders. Student Minister Tony Muhammad, of the Nation of Islam, raised questions about the new tactics.“We applaud him for going after vicious criminals with guns, but to punish a whole family? So you get rid of one problem and now you’re creating homelessness,” he said. “The innocent (will) get caught up with the guilty in their plans and it’s troublesome. Instead of going after criminals, they have criminalized an entire people.”

The Justice Policy Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank, issued a comprehensive report last year titled “Gang Wars: The Failure of Enforcement Tactics and the Need for Effective Public Safety Strategies” that provides support for Mr. Muhammad’s assertions. “Young men of color are disproportionately identified as gang members and targeted for surveillance, arrest, and incarceration, while Whites—who make up a significant share of gang members—rarely show up in accounts of gang enforcement efforts. The Los Angeles district attorney’s office found that close to half of Black males between the ages of 21 and 24 had been entered in the county’s gang database even though no one could credibly argue that all of these young men were current gang members,” the report said.

“I have asked the chief and others for a clear definition of a gang and I have yet to receive a response,” Mr. Muhammad said.“Is it a tattoo or dress code? Who are the gangs? The problem is that there is a broad stroke over our people and what they refer to as gang dress looks like everyday hip hop youth,” he added.“The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan came to Compton a few years ago and warned gang members that if they continued killing each other that God would use the enemy to whip them into submission. This initiative just might do that, so we have to work hard and warn the youth,” Mr. Muhammad said.


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