Yakima Will Put Together a Gang Ordinance
YAKIMA, Wash - The city council Tuesday decided to start putting together an ordinance that would outlaw gang members in Yakima. The community filled the council chambers to near max capacity to be in on the discussion.
Julie Schilling a Yakima County resident made a presentation to the state senate last March regarding gang activity in the area. She acquired pictures from police including a photo of a baby wearing gang colors.
Council members decided they weren't going to wait for any gang laws passed by the state.
"This is a great step i see for the city. They're exploring, they're looking at making some changes and whenever you all work together, i think it is very positive," says Schilling.
Dora Trevino explained to the council how her son was killed eight years ago by gang violence. She says the discussion is a good first step.
"If they have to make an ordinance to make this a safer community then so be it because it needs to start somewhere," explained Trevino.
The council made it clear they didn't want to rush into making an ordinance. They want it to tailor to the needs of Yakima and make sure it is planned carefully.
The deciding factor for Mayor Dave Edler to start the ordinance is when Police Chief Sam Granto said it would be a productive tool in helping to solve the gang issue.
As the council begins to put together this ordinance they will be holding public forums to get the communities opinion.