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RW&G Obtains Gang Injunction For City of Monrovia

December 2009

Richards, Watson & Gershon, in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, obtained an injunction against the activities of two rival criminal street gangs last week on behalf of the City of Monrovia and Los Angeles County. Gang injunctions have been proven to be an effective tool in the fight against gang violence in other Southern California communities. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe issued the preliminary injunction on December 18, 2009 in response to an application filed by the City and County.

The preliminary injunction prohibits members of the Monrovia Nuevo Varrio and Duroc Crip gangs from publicly congregating together, and from engaging in certain specified activities, within a three and one-half square mile “Safety Zone” the court designated in parts of Monrovia and adjacent unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. As one of the City’s numerous community-based anti-violence strategies, the injunction is expected to help reduce the gangs’ criminal and nuisance conduct, and thereby provide more security for area residents.

Richards, Watson & Gershon serves as City Attorney for the City of Monrovia. RW&G litigators worked closely with attorneys in the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley for more than a year to obtain the injunction. In support of the application for preliminary injunction, RW&G and the District Attorney prepared and submitted more than one hundred declarations from Monrovia Police Officers and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies, with documentation showing the gang members’ pattern of criminal and nuisance activities in the Safety Zone.

The preliminary injunction will remain in effect until the City and County seek a permanent injunction. The case is People of the State of California and City of Monrovia v. Monrovia Nuevo Varrio, a criminal street gang and Duroc Crip, a criminal street gang, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. C423490.

published: December 2009


FOR ADVICE FROM RW&G CONCERNING GANG INJUNCTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT PATRICK K. BOBKO, JENNIFER PETRUSIS, ERIN POWERS OR ANY OF THE LAWYERS IN THE FIRM'S LITIGATION DEPARTMENT.


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