In response to a recent wave of street crime, Corpus Christi has become the latest city to experiment with gang injunctions, tools whereby law enforcement bars certain people they claim to be gang members from associating with each other, in person or over the phone or Internet.
Yesterday, 14 members of a Corpus street gang -- a group calling themselves La Quarenta -- appeared in court to formally agree to a ten-year injunction their attorneys hammered out with the Nueces County District Attorney's office. They also hoped to ease some of the restrictions to be placed on them by showing the court that they could be gentlemen -- the scene reminds Hair Balls of that ancient SNL skit in which John Belushi insisted, "We're not a gang, we're a club."
Such was not to be, however, as a fracas brewed before the hearing could get underway. Apparently, 30-year-old David Garcia, one of the suspected gang members, arrived at the proceeding with a warrant from a drug case hanging over his head, and when cops moved in to arrest him, Garcia evidently decided to drop that law-abiding facade and go out puro loco-style.
According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, he resisted his arrest to the point of getting Tased in open court. Even that was not enough to take the bluster out of his sails. As he was being dragged off to county jail by several deputies and cops, he cussed them out while his alleged gang buddies hollered their support.
Garcia boasted words to the effect that not even a Taser could keep him from being "gangsta." As the video embedded on the Caller-Times site shows, he kept up cussing a blue streak and banged on the walls all the way to central booking, where the "gangsta" became a "prisona."
Later that day, Garcia's attorney, Frank Davila, evidently was able to extract his face from his palms long enough to talk to Garcia and say that his self-described gangsta client had agreed to the terms of the injunction. Garcia is slated to return to court today to formally do so.
Davila told the Caller-Times that his client was accused of failing to comply with the terms of an alternative incarceration program, a sentence apparently stemming from a drug rap.
And now he's also fighting a resisting arrest case for his courtroom outburst.
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