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Activists Rally Ahead of Council Meeting

Oppose Gang Injunction; Protest Police Brutality


Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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Several dozen people gathered at the downtown courthouse to vocally oppose the gang injunction before the first City Hall meeting of the year on Tuesday. Beginning at the corner of Anacapa and Anapamu streets, community activist Martin Leyva and Republican Liberty Caucus representative Brandon Morse rallied the crowd and urged everyone to fill out time cards to speak — or to pass their two minutes off to an ally — at the meeting. (Public comment would go on for two hours.)

Holding colorful signs that said “Education, not Incarceration,” “Injunction is Injustice,” and “Invest in our Youth,” the group marched around the courthouse, eliciting honks from some passing drivers. Marissa Garcia, a Santa Barbara native whose husband is named in the gang injunction, demanded the city find a new approach and claimed injunctions in other cities actually increase crime. Supporters of Brian Tacadena — the man who was shot and killed by a police officer in September — also participated as the group marched around the block to City Hall, pausing for a moment of silence in front of the police department.

Both the gang injunction and the Tacadena case have received considerable attention in the past few weeks. City Hall recently filed for a temporary restraining order to enact the gang injunction while the matter is tied up in court. And the Tacadena family filed a $10 million wrongful death claim against the city and the police department last week after the District Attorney’s office deemed the shooting a “justifiable homicide” in December.

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I get it that gang membership provides a path to status that may seem otherwise unattainable to some youth from low income families. I get it that gang membership is sometimes handed down from generation to generation and can seem like a family obligation. I get it that drug sales and protection rackets can seem like a more lucrative career path for poorly educated young people than trying to work your way up the service job ladder. However (and this is a big however) how much "education" does it take to understand that the gang life choice is a dead end, which often terminates in the cul-de-sac of a drug deal gone bad, the retribution of a rival gang, or a police officer protecting himself or herself? How long to we have to coddle these sociopaths before we bring the hammer down?

Eckermann (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2014 at 6:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As I've said before, look at migration demographics, and connect the dots per how people profit from it, and the answer will become clear.

Addressing symptoms is a feel-good approach, facing the roots of the issue is WAY too politically incorrect.

As the saying goes: "better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie".

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2014 at 6:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Marissa Garcia, a Santa Barbara native whose husband is named in the gang injunction".... At least she's proud of being married a pile of vermin.

Consider how many people live in SB and then how many are named in the gang injunction. Just how much of a low life does one have to be to make the list?

Validated (anonymous profile)
January 8, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gangs have nothing to do with being "low income", but a lot to do with being high hormone.

If you don't deal with the high hormone aspect of young male gang members, you will never get this the ill effects of this dangerous time and scourge for young men and their female victims off our streets.

Stop making excuses. These are just a group of punk kids bonding in cliques to feel brave and tough, as they transit their puberty years. Clean 'em up and clean 'em out.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 9, 2014 at 10:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

HIgh hormone levels?!...you crack me up.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 10, 2014 at 3:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

gangs are criminal enterprises in the business of making money through various illegal activities.

the gangs fully understand the effects the injunction will have on their ability to recruit, groom and perpetuate the cycle of gang life.

it is ironic to watch PODER and the rest of these protestors who talk about 'injunction is injustice', etc....become unwitting ( perhaps ) accomplices of gang leaders whose aim is to ensure there is a steady stream of lil soldiers for future generations.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
January 10, 2014 at 8:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh, got to love the mottoes of the idiotic! These are DOOZIES!:

"Education, not Incarceration”
Well, us law abiding citizens will make the gang vermin, regardless of race, ethnicity or whatever the following deal: Stop acting like the savages you are, accept that there's a better path and said path is dictated by choice, make the right choice.

“Injunction is Injustice”
Injustice to who, gang members? OF COURSE SILLY! But what about the injustice to all those people held hostage by these terrorists? What's a bigger injustice, a legal tracking system against bad guys or people living in fear of bad guys who run the neighborhoods?

“Invest in our Youth”
We have, over and over and over and what has it gotten us? This town has MANY activities for youth, yet they still CHOOSE to be savages. Enough investment, start the punishment for bad behavior. Besides, we have run out of other people's money.

The only opponents against the gang injunction seem to be gang members, gang advocacy groups, spouses, family, friends and acquaintances of the gang vermin. Any surprise?

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 10, 2014 at 1:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think you all should just shut up and look at the facts ! And know them before you all open your mouth !!!!

Lillee (anonymous profile)
January 10, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

OK Lillie, since you have the facts, educate us and tell why all of us are wrong.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 10, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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