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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gang Injunction Includes Three Men Acquitted of Murders This Year

Posted By on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 2:15 PM

click to enlarge Forty-one more men are now forbidden from flashing gang signs
  • Forty-one more men are now forbidden from flashing gang signs
Forty-one more men are now forbidden from flashing gang signs
Three men acquitted of first-degree murder charges earlier this year aren't out of the legal spotlight. Emon Brown, Joc Wilson, and Floyd Jackson are among the 41 alleged gang members listed in the gang injunction that City Attorney Dennis Herrera won in Superior Court this morning against two rival Visitacion Valley gangs that have feuded for decades. None of their defense attorneys could be immediately reached for comment Thursday. Acquittals aside, the expert testimony against Brown, Jackson, and Wilson includes many other instances of weapon and drug possession.

The injunction (which brings the number of gangs that Herrera has targeted to seven) prevents the listed defendants from associating, trespassing, loitering, or flashing gang signs in the two-tenths of a square mile in Visitacion Valley near the Cow Palace that comprises their turf.

The injunction affects members of the Down Below Gang of the

Sunnydale housing projects and the Towerside gang, named for the

crime-stricken Geneva Towers that used to rise above the valley near the

Daly City border before its residents voted to tear them down so town home-style housing units could be erected in their place. The city attorney's

court filing claims the rivalry has led to 10 homicides in the last

three years.

In a 2007 cover story "Out of San Francisco,"

we wrote about one family who lived in Towerside gang turf that was so scathed by

the neighborhood's ongoing violence -- one son left with a traumatic

brain injury, another rendered a paraplegic from gunshot wounds -- that they

moved out of the city. At that time, area residents talked about constant gunfire and keeping their kids on virtual lockdown at night to keep them out of harm's way. 

While critics charge that injunctions are McCarthyesque civil rights violations

that merely push crime to other areas, Herrera, who is currently running for mayor, presents compelling

statistics that his previous injunctions have exacted a

"mellowing effect" on the amount of non-injunction arrests of the listed gang members over time. Forty-one percent of the listed gang members were

arrested for non-injunction-related crimes in 2007, while 20 percent

were arrested for such crimes in 2009.

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