HAWAIIAN GARDENS – Members of a Hawaiian Gardens criminal
street gang were put on notice today that the District Attorney’s
Office, the Sheriff’s Department and the Cypress and Long Beach
police departments have targeted the gang for civil action designed
to break its cycle of violence and intimidation in southeast Los
A lawsuit against the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens criminal street
gang is expected to be filed next week, seeking a civil gang
injunction to stop activity that causes a public nuisance. The court
will be asked to limit activity designed to intimidate residents in
an area that includes Hawaiian Gardens and portions of Lakewood,
Long Beach and Cypress. This would include possession of weapons,
drugs and alcohol; congregating in public places; and trespassing.
Sheriff’s deputies served notices on gang members today to inform
them of the pending civil lawsuit.
“The injunction is designed to reduce violence in the area and
restore security to those who live, work and visit southeast Los
Angeles,” said District Attorney Steve Cooley.
A member of the gang was sentenced in May to death for murdering
Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz in 2005. The District Attorney’s Crimes
Against Police Officers Section (CAPOS) successfully prosecuted
20-year-old Jose Luis Orozco before a jury in Norwalk Superior
The first hearing on the civil case is scheduled for Aug. 15 at
the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Deputy District
Attorney Deanne Castorena of the District Attorney’s Hardcore Gang
Division has been working with the various law enforcement agencies
on the civil litigation.