Does Fillmore need its own gang injunction?

March 30, 2009

I know, a better question would be: Should I change the name of this blog to The Fillmore Estate?

Lately, it’s the one municipality in our stately Ventura County I’ve scrawled about the most on here, but for good reason: it just goes to show that this tiny little enclave has seen a heckuva good amount of activity of the criminal kind.

Received a police report this weekend reporting on a supposed gang-related assault on two men … two times, no less.

According to the sheriff’s department, both men, 22 and 49 respectively, were kicked, punched and hit with a rock by the gangsters, in a pair of incidents that left the victims with moderate-to-serious injuries.

The alleged gang members? Only 16 and 17 years old.

Authorities are expected to make more arrests in this case, which makes me wonder if the Fillmore brass’d be wise to follow in the footsteps of Oxnard, where two gang injunctions are in place legally that both identify known gang members and disallow them from perpetuating certain criminal behaviors.

The injunctions have worked to reasonable success in the county’s most violent city. Could other cities have good use for an injunction as well?


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