Federal judge deals blow to gang injunctions; Echo Park’s beer “barrel avalanche” starring Buster Keaton

Gangs: A federal judge has ordered Los Angeles authorities to stop enforcing the city’s remaining gang injunctions. The injunctions have been credited by law enforcement as an effective tool for combating gang crime because they severely restrict the activities of those covered by the court orders. However, the federal judge said an ACLU lawsuit involving an Echo Park man, Peter Arellano, is likely to prove that the injunctions violate due process laws since he and others were not given the ability to challenge the court orders. Last year about 80% of the 8,900 persons covered by existing injunctions were removed from the court orders in the wake of the ACLU lawsuit. The city can still seek new gang injunctions but individuals must be able to challenge those orders in court. L.A. Times

Film History:  A steep, one-block stretch of Court Street off of Alvarado Street in Echo Park served as the scene of a beer “barrel avalanche” in Buster Keaton’s 1933 film What No Beer?  Silent Locations (Thanks to Kevin Kuzma for the link)

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