VOL. 129 | NO. 195 | Tuesday, October 7, 2014
New No Gang Zone Targets Dixie Homes Area
By Bill Dries
For the second time in a year, local authorities have declared a “safety zone” in Memphis where gang members are forbidden by a civil court order from congregating in public.
The street gang named in the Environmental Court order signed Monday, Oct. 6, by General Sessions Judge Larry Potter is known as the Dixie Homes Murda Gang, 47 Neighborhood Crips and Team 400 among other names.
The no gang zone is a one-mile area that includes Legends Park which is the site of the old Dixie Homes public housing development. And 50 alleged gang members are specifically named in the court order forbidding them to so much as stand on a street corner in the area bordered by Jackson Avenue, Danny Thomas Boulevard, Poplar Avenue and Interstate 240.
The city’s first use of a no gang zone was announced a year ago last month in the Riverside area of southwest Memphis and remains in force there.
In the Riverside case, another Crips group – the Riverside Rollin’ 90 Neighborhood Crips – were the target of what amounts to a nuisance action and court order.