Feb 18, 2010 7:44 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland city leaders say they're asking a court to grant an injunction against a violent street gang.
City Attorney John Russo and Police Chief Anthony Batts said Thursday the group known as the North Side Oakland gang was involved in 18 violent incidents in 2009, including seven murders. Russo says the gang is what he called a "malevolent force" that has "terrorized" the area for years.
If the injunction is granted, it would prohibit the gang from operating within a 100-block radius.
Also Thursday, Batts said during a preliminary presentation of the department's strategic plan that he is seeking to make Oakland one of California's safest cities within five years.
Batts said while crime is currently down 27 percent, Oakland remains one of the country's most violent cities.
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