Oakland’s first gang injunction against 15 alleged members of the North Side Oakland set may have withstood an appeals challenge last week, but it will face renewed scrutiny at the City Council’s Public Safety Committee tomorrow evening. At question will be a new report prepared by Oakland Police regarding the effects of the North Oakland injunction almost a year and a half after it was approved by Alameda County Superior Judge Robert Freedman.
Among the reports findings are the following:
- Part 1 crimes (murders, shootings, aggravated assaults and robberies) in the “safety zone” covered by the NSO injunction increased following the injunction’s approval in mid-2010 to October 6, 2011. There was one more murder, two more attempted murders, nine more shootings, and 26 more robberies after the injunction’s passage than beforehand.
- During the same period after mid-2010, arrests in the safety zone fell by 64 percent, from 315 from April 2009 to June 2010 to 112 arrests from June 2010 to October 2011In the report, OPD says the loss of 80 officers in mid-2010 and ongoing staffing issues are most plausible explanation for this drop.
- After the injunction, crime in the NSO injunction area rose at a rate exceeding the citywide average.
- Eight of the 15 enjoined NSO members were arrested for crimes following the injunction. Of those, only one was arrested inside the injunction zone. This corroborates with existing research about the “displacement effect” gang injunctions have on crime, pushing offenders to other areas. Continue reading