Cities Sue Gangs To Keep Them From Congregatingby Brad Warbiany
You know, I read this headline:
And I immediately thought “wow, civil suits against gangs would be a novel concept, and an interesting test of anarcho-capitalist theory!” Instead of trying to meet the standard of evidence to put them in jail, which is typically a very difficult thing, suing them monetarily due to the harm they inflict on the community might actually make a difference. Of course, it wouldn’t do nearly as much to end their damage as ending drug prohibition, but I can guarantee that suing them for their drug profits would be a lot less of a “rite of passage” as the first time a gang member gets sent up the river. Plus, it would be much more honest theft than the taxes they extract from us.
Nope, it’s just the equivalent of suing them to create a restraining order to keep them apart from one another:
Fed up with deadly drive-by shootings, incessant drug dealing and graffiti, cities nationwide are trying a different tactic to combat gangs: They’re suing them.
Fort Worth and San Francisco are among the latest to file lawsuits against gang members, asking courts for injunctions barring them from hanging out together on street corners, in cars or anywhere else in certain areas.
The injunctions are aimed at disrupting gang activity before it can escalate. They also give police legal reasons to stop and question gang members, who often are found with drugs or weapons, authorities said. In some cases, they don’t allow gang members to even talk to people passing in cars or to carry spray paint.
“It is another tool,” said Kevin Rousseau, a Tarrant County assistant prosecutor in Fort Worth, which recently filed its first civil injunction against a gang. “This is more of a proactive approach.”
The injunctions prohibit gang members from associating with each other, carrying weapons, possessing drugs, committing crimes and displaying gang symbols in a safety zone â€” neighborhoods where suspected gang members live and are most active. Some injunctions set curfews for members and ban them from possessing alcohol in public areas â€” even if they’re of legal drinking age.
So government declares you to be a “gang member” or a “suspected gang member”, and slap a laundry list of restrictions on you. Ahh well, at least they’re not being sent to Gitmo, right?
Doesn’t anyone wonder that we’re treating the symptom, not the disease? What gives gangs their power? It’s very simple, when you have a black market, you actually help those who are willing to illegally supply that market. The drug war hasn’t stopped drugs, and it’s actually created gangs. And now, the government is fighting an unwinnable, ridiculously expensive two-front war against the pair.