VOL. 131 | NO. 19 | Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Two Binghampton Gangs Targeted In Latest No-Gang Zones
By Bill Dries
Members of two street gangs in Binghampton have been barred by court order from congregating and otherwise associating in public in a part of Binghampton that includes a park and a school.
The “safety zone” court orders issued Tuesday, Jan. 26, by General Sessions Environment Court Judge Larry Potter apply to members of the Vice Lords and Grape Street Crips gangs who congregate in and around Howze Park at Tillman Street and Mimosa Avenue.
The park is at the center of the overlapping no gang zones in the court order sought by the District Attorney General’s office working with the Multi-Agency Gang Unit. There is one zone for the Vice Lords and another for the Grape Street Crips.
Meanwhile, Tillman Food and Deli, 245 Tillman St., in the same area, was closed in December under a public nuisance court order because of illegal gang activity on the property.
In seeking the court orders, police and prosecutors compile crime statistics as well as conduct undercover operations in the area. In the Binghampton no-gang zones, the crimes considered in making the case included domestic violence charges against some of those named for the first time in the use of the court actions.
The two zones announced Tuesday are the fifth and sixth areas since 2013 in Memphis where specific individuals identified as gang members in court documents have been barred from congregating in any way.
The others are in the Riverside neighborhood of South Memphis, The Legends Park area between Downtown and Crosstown and two Frayser apartment complexes – Ridgecrest and Greenbriar.
The previous actions have targeted members of a single gang in each area.