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Feb 15, 2011 9:07 AM

Oakland officials say gang injunction working

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland officials say a gang injunction in the northern part of the city is showing results.

City Attorney John Russo and Police Chief Anthony Batts say in a report that drug arrests in the area were down nearly 70 percent in the first six months of the injunction compared to the same time a year earlier. The injunction was approved in June and bars 15 men from being on the streets after 10 p.m. and hanging out with other alleged gang members in a 100-block area.

The report from Russo and Batts is scheduled to be presented to a City Council committee next week.

But opponents of the injunction say other aspects of the report are troubling, among them statistics showing that some violent crime has increased slightly.

The city is seeking another gang injunction in the Fruitvale neighborhood.

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