CMPD Seeking Injunction to Supress Activity of Hidden Valley Kings

From The Charlotte Observer by cleve R. Wootson, Jr., August 13, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are trying to get a judge to issue an injunction against suspected members of the Hidden Valley Kings – a new tactic for contending with one of the city’s oldest gangs.

CMPD attorney Mark Newbold talks to the media about the Hidden Vally Kings gang activity and the current charges. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are trying to get a judge to issue an injunction against suspected members of the Hidden Valley Kings – a new tactic for contending with one of the city’s oldest gangs. T.Ortega Gaines – ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/08/13/4233814/charlotte-mecklenburg-police-to.html#storylink=cpy

If approved at a hearing next Thursday, the injunction would prevent members of the Kings from associating with other members in public, or even being near someone who is carrying drugs or guns.

In announcing the initiative, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe said his department helped write the legislation that allows for injunctions against gangs, with help from members of the Los Angeles Police Department, which has a similar ordinance.

People found in violation of the injunction would face only misdemeanor charges, Monroe said. But the injunction is aimed at disrupting the gang, particularly by making it harder for older, more seasoned members to influence younger members.

The Hidden Valley Kings rose to prominence in the mid-1980s. They were a homegrown gang – the sons of working class people who moved to the northern Charlotte enclave. But the neighborhood was battered by a crack-cocaine epidemic, and the Kings capitalized on the decay.

Police say they cornered the market on drug dealing in that part of town, keeping competitors out with initimidation and violence.

At their height, they didn’t even sell drugs on some blocks. They charged a tax on other drug dealers who wanted to peddle.

In 2007, authorities arrested a sizable chunk of the Hidden Valley King’s leadership, dealing a nearly fatal blow to the gang. Since then, the community has rebounded, although neighbors still worry about a concentration of crime on the Sugar Creek Road and Interstate 85 corridors.

But police believe a splinter group – the North Valley Kings, who were mostly teens during the big bust – took the place of the incarcerated members of the Kings.

The new Kings, in turn, recruited younger boys to do the bulk of the drug running.

This time the drug of choice was marijuana. And with the drug running came violence.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/08/13/4233814/charlotte-mecklenburg-police-to.html#storylink=cpy
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