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The city of Sacramento filed a unique lawsuit banning seven people from an area of the city.
The lawsuit alleges these people have repeatedly caused a public nuisance, forcing the city to use an excessive amount of police resources.
The seven people would be banned from the Broadway corridor from Riverside Boulevard to Highway 99.
Sacramento City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood filed the suit on Aug. 9. The lawsuit names Sean Connor, Michael Dibiasio, Dimitriy Gologyuk, Troy Green, Kelvin Peterson, Joseph Soto and Kenneth Whitlock.
The suit claims they are repeat offenders of assault, shoplifting, drug use, trespassing and public intoxication.
“Customers are kind of shying away because they’re trying to avoid them,” said Partick Ho, who owns AVA Video on Broadway.
In statement, Wood wrote:
“The City of Sacramento will seek injunctive relief when criminal activity in an area has become excessive when compared to similar neighborhoods, and other enforcement remedies have not proven successful. It’s not appropriate in every case, but it is in some. In this case, the residents and businesses along the Broadway corridor have been subjected to ongoing criminal activity from a relatively small group of people. The suit looks to address that issue head-on and protect the safety of everyone who lives in or visits the area. The City will only file this type of lawsuit with the support of the neighborhood.”
Jenn Hall, who owns The Feathered Leopard on the 1600 block of Broadway, said it’s tough to attract customers when the repeat offenders, who are described as homeless, are camped right outside her front door.
“We had a homeless gal, a new one on the block that was hanging out right in this area, right before I opened up for the afternoon, and we had to come and get here out of here,” Hall said. “She gave us a little bit of trouble, but she finally went after so many words.”
The lawsuit states that a disproportionate amount of police resources have been dedicated to addressing criminal activity in the area and the seven people named have been linked to dozens of these cases.
Although Hall would like to keep the repeat offenders out of the area, she says banning them isn’t the answer.
“If you ban them from being in one location, they’re just going to go to another and cause another nuisance. So, I think it’s a temporary fix,” she said.
This story originally appeared on KCRA.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Sacramento-files-unusual-suit-to-ban-7-people-14341392.php.