District Attorney issues gang injunction petition
Monday, District Attorney General Neal Pinkston filed a petition asking that two Chattanooga gangs be declared public nuisances.
Pinkston is also asking for a safety zone to be established in East Lake that grants relief to the law-abiding residents of the neighborhood.
If the petition passes, validated members of the Gangster Disciples and the Grape Street Crips will not be allowed to associate with other gang members, recruit others into the gang, and intimidate others while in the Safety Zone:
In addition, validated gang members will be forbidden from the following while in the Safety Zone:
- Possessing guns or other dangerous weapons
- Possessing graffiti tools
- Acting as a lookout
- Being with anyone who has illegal drugs
- Being near alcohol
- Preventing a member from leaving the gang
Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman has scheduled a Monday, October 3, 2016 hearing at 1:30 PM to allow the DA to offer proof for the petition.
The state will present evidence of why East Lake residents should be protected from these gangs.
At that time any of the defendants named in the petition can appear before the judge present their case against being ruled a gang member or a public nuisance.
You can read the entire injunction below.
Senator Bo Watson of Hixson released a statement on the injunction that reads, in part:
I am very pleased to hear that the District Attorney’s office will be using provisions of the Community Safety Act in combating gang violence. Gang violence cannot be tolerated, or it will inevitably increase in frequency and level as we have experienced in Chattanooga.