RW&G Obtains Gang Injunction For City of Monrovia
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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