Councilman Reagan Dunn proposes anti-gang measures

April 17, 2012

By Staff

Reagan Dunn, a local representative on the King County Council, outlined additional tools April 9 to combat gang violence.

The proposed legislation calls for establishing anti-criminal street gang emphasis areas and allow judges to prohibit people convicted of gang-related crimes from entering areas of high gang activity.

Under the existing law, judges can restrict people convicted of drug- or prostitution-related offenses from entering designated areas. Under the proposal, judges could only enforce anti-gang areas to people convicted of misdemeanor gang-related crimes, because the County Council has no authority over state sentencing standards for felonies.

If the legislation is adopted, the council could define and establish anti-criminal street gang emphasis areas.

The other proposed ordinance is meant to fill a gap in state law related to gang intimidation and people trying to get out of or stay out of a gang.

The existing state law is limited to protecting people enrolled in public or alternative schools. Dunn’s proposal aims to outlaw threats of bodily injury against anyone refusing to join, trying to leave or after leaving a gang — regardless of enrollment in school.

Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the council.

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