Appellate Court Upholds Gang Injunction

Eight Members of West Sacramento’s Broderick Boys Criminal Street Had Appealed the Trial Court’s 2011 Judgment Granting an Injunction

Press Release

(Woodland, CA) – February 28, 2017 – Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that California’s Third District Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction issued by Yolo County Superior Court Judge Kathleen M. White against eight members of the Broderick Boys criminal street gang.

The injunction, which was issued by Judge White on June 16, 2011, prohibits active Broderick Boy gang members from engaging in certain public nuisance activities in a 2.98-square-mile area of West Sacramento. Pursuant to the order, active gang members are prohibited, among other things, from associating together in public, intimidating victims or witnesses, possessing guns or deadly weapons, damaging public or private property, using and/or selling drugs, violating a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew with limited exceptions, trespassing and violating other laws.

In its 77 page written opinion affirming the trial court’s decision, the Court of Appeal found that the appellants, the gang members, had failed to establish any prejudicial error in the trial court. Moreover, the Appellate Court found that the appellants had misstated “facts and law” in their appeal and failed to comply with relevant rules of court.

In reaching its decision, the Appellate Court summarized evidence and crimes presented in the trial court, which included facts that established that the Broderick Boys is a criminal street gang in the northern part of West Sacramento, whose primary activities are assaults, firearms offenses, drug sales, vehicle theft and gang graffiti.

The Appellate Court also held that there was “plenty of evidence of appellants’ active membership” in the Broderick Boys criminal street gang.

The California Attorney General’s Office represented the People and defended the injunction in the Appellate Court proceedings.

Unless modified, the court ordered gang injunction will expire in 2018.

A complete copy of the published opinion may be found online at: http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/C068868.PDF

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