Prosecutor Says Decoto Gang Glorifies Killing Cops

Andrew Barrientos, an alleged Decoto gang member, is currently on trial for shooting a Fremont police Officer in Oakland last year.

By Bay City News Service

Oakland, Calif. — A prosecutor told jurors today that a Union City man accused of shooting and nearly killing a Fremont police officer in Oakland last year belonged to a gang that glorifies the murder of police officers.

Prosecutor John Brouhard said was a member of the Decoto Nortenos gang, and that the gang has a culture that is "contrary to what normal law-abiding people believe."

Barrientos, 21, is accused of the attempted murder of a police officer and multiple other felony counts for an incident on Aug. 27, 2010, in which he allegedly shot Fremont police Officer Todd Young when Young and fellow officer Eric Tang attempted to arrest him at 2009 Auseon Ave., near Bancroft Avenue, in East Oakland.

The two officers, who were undercover and weren't wearing uniforms, were working in Oakland as part of the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force and had a warrant for Barrientos' arrest for an incident in April as well as for allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun in San Leandro on Aug. 13.

Oakland police said that after Young was shot, Barrientos tried to carjack one vehicle before successfully stealing a second car.

Barrientos fled to Southern California but was arrested near the Mexican border the day after the shooting.

Young spent more than seven weeks at Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he underwent numerous surgeries to address serious bladder problems and had to receive blood transfusions.

He eventually returned to work, testified against Barrientos in his trial and is attending closing arguments today.

Brouhard told jurors that Decoto Nortenos members were impressed when wanted parolee Lovelle Mixon killed four Oakland police officers on March 21, 2009. Mixon was killed by police later that day after he refused to surrender.

Brouhard said one gang member sent a text saying that while Mixon "got four" officers, "I'm gonna get me six" if police tried to arrest him.

The prosecutor said that before Barrientos allegedly shot Young, he sent text messages disparaging police officers and stating that he would be "ready" for them if they tried to arrest him.

Barrientos' lawyer, Barbara Thomas, is giving her closing argument this afternoon.

Mona Taplin November 08, 2011 at 02:14 AM
This man is only 21 years old. Look at what he has done with his life at such an early age! If found guilty he will be spending hard time behind bars. I hope some of the younger "wannabe's" will seriously think over whether or not they want to trade their youth for a stint behind bars.
Timothy Swenson November 08, 2011 at 03:45 AM
Anita, I'm not sure where your comment comes from. I've reviewed the article and I don't see any reference to "gangland". I'm sure no one thinks that all residents of Decoto are gang members, but at the same time, it would be incorrect to say that there are no gang members in Decoto. Oh, and it was 1959 when Decoto joined Alvarado to become Union City, January 26 to be exact. The incorporation action took place in Decoto.
Timothy Swenson November 08, 2011 at 05:50 AM
It is a community, but it is known for having some gang issues. I grew up in Hayward. It too has gang issues. I saw gang members wearing HWD on their hats, but I did not feel that they reflected the whole community. BTW, I think you need to check your caps lock key, it appears to be stuck.
gato pelon November 08, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Gangs are every where in this large suburb of depressed humanity. City lines make no difference to these gangs. Decoto has had more then their fair share of gang violence. It's like Decoto is trying to impress Oakland. It seams that all the flat land in this large maze of inter woven suburbs, are now nothing more then one giant GANGLAND ghetto. The only answer is, is to bring back the draft! Not to send these kids off to some dumb ass BS political war as canon fader. But first send them to a good old fashion drill Sergeant and eight weeks worth of KICK THEIR ASS boot camp. Because what is totaling lacking with all these punks, is respect! Respect lacking for themselves their family's and their community. They need their loyalty's changed to go with the better good for the community, of which they no not! Then they spend two years in community service. The caps key, is stuck. That went right over her head.
Erin November 08, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Hope he goes away for a long time.
Doughboy47 November 08, 2011 at 07:30 PM
members taunted police with graffiti, writing “187,” which is slang for murder based on the California penal code, along with the initials of officers’ names crossed out below it. Zoneil don't make up thing that u don't know about. We all know what ucpd is now UCV is union city Vietnams LND is a black gang west side UC cant make out the last one NOW YOU KNOW! and stop adding fuel to the the fire..
Zoneil Maharaj November 08, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Hey Doughboy, Thank you for catching our mistake. The photo is from an old story on the graffiti buster, which, as you pointed out, contains wrong information. The caption has been corrected.
Roman November 09, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Investing in our kids education and community projects to keep kids busy in positive activities will help deter them from focusing on gangster shit. We keep cutting funds for our children and then down the road ask why. Violence will always be a part of life but helping our kids now will help us not have to build so many more prisons in the future. Decoto is not a gang it's a community!
gato pelon November 09, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Anita, How's that working out for you, the screaming stuff? Education lacking? Bet you're a fun one to be around. Roman is totally right! I would add the first line of defense against this gang crap behavior is the parents. Apparently we have tons of worthless parents raising worthless no good to society punks. Adding fuel to build more jails. We spend more money on jails then education. This is an upside down illogical way of thinking! In the mean time, bring back the draft!! Get these punks off the streets! Education is being cut everywhere along with everything else. I'm not one who agrees with these cuts to education. But it seams that nobody wants to pay for anything. We all will be paying in other ways while no longer living in a safe society. I guess we'd rather just build more jails?
Timothy Swenson November 09, 2011 at 05:22 PM
We can't expect the city or the school to take over the job of parenting. I guess it is nice to have things like community centers to keep kids "off the streets". When I grew up in the 70's, we can community centers for the same purpose, but I never saw a need for them. I just did things that did not get myself into trouble. In High School, homework and work kept me fairly busy. I have three daughters growing up in Union City and they did not find any need for a community center to keep on the straight and narrow. We made sure to know where they were and what they were doing. Again, school and work kept them busy. A lot does depend on the parents, as they are ultimately responsible for the raising of their children. I know a few local parents that need to step up, have a backbone, and be real parents. I can't say this is an issue with all local parents, but good parenting does not hurt.
gato pelon November 09, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Gee Anita, You sound like very fun gal! I'm not hiding anywhere, I'm just not screaming!. Anita it totally reflects on the parents and their lack of ability to parent. Parents who allow their kids to become gang members and do nothing about it, are worthless, and as worthless as their kids!! I will judge them because the parents of gang members are NOT DOING THEIR JOBS. You can't blame this on the schools. The next one to judge them will be a judge in a court before they go to prison! My kids functioning members of society. They were never members of any gangs. They are products of a public school education and doing very well.
Mona Taplin November 09, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Yes, parnting is a big step in the right direction to keep kids out of difficulty. Household rules and curfews strictly kept help a lot. But we also have to recognize the hold that peer pressure has on kids and do the best we can to break that hold when our kids get in with the wrong groups.I've also known very good parents whose kids wound up following the gang leaders and straying off the right path. It's a very complicated issue.
Tim November 09, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Actually I'm quite happy I don't have to live in that dump. But you keep denying the gang presense there, I'm sure it does wonders for your property values.
Tim November 09, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Again, "Decoto is a community gang"
Tim November 10, 2011 at 04:40 AM
Anita, it's "their" and not "there"... more time in school, less in gangs.
gato pelon November 10, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Anita, Yes, you're right! That's what we do here. We sit in front of our computers (not behind) and type. That's how this social media format works. Your doing it also. But you are not judgmental. Only everyone else is. But thank you, you've giving me a great idea. Bring back the draft! This time, for men and woman! Because you and your homey definitely need more time for a Drill Sergeants eight week boot camp type education.
CAROL BRIDGES November 10, 2011 at 08:53 PM
GATO PELON sounds like a Victory outreach preacher , a drop out or a plain wanna be gangster .. likes to judge but is afraid to use his real name . I think I see him as the snitch on gangland.. Great job stating the fact Anita... its a mind over matter and this people DONT MATTER
gato pelon November 11, 2011 at 05:20 PM
(this people DONT MATTER) Another person with not even the education of a scribe! How could tell? I've always wanted to be gangster snitch turned born again Victory Outreach preacher? Have fun and enjoy your gang life in Decoto. You'll never going any further, other then jail!
Ob8774 November 11, 2011 at 08:38 PM
@Anita "we are individuals with different ways of life and different needs." what exactly does that mean!
butt face November 17, 2011 at 12:14 AM
May the lord be with you all. For those who think gangs are a problem, look at the FBI crime log and you notice that violence crimes have been on a steady decrease over the last 50 years. It may not seem like it but you can thank media for that. Also you guys are not talking about bringing the draft back, your talking about shipping those individuals with records off to war. There should never be another draft because most of our wars are bull shit we are dropping million dollar bombs on houses made of rocks in the middle east, while we are in debt. million dollar bombs add to the trillions we dont have.
gato pelon November 17, 2011 at 12:28 AM
On Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave the nation a dire warning about what he described as a threat to democratic government. He called it the military-industrial complex, a formidable union of defense contractors and the armed forces. I think we've pretty ignored President Dwight Eisenhower warning.............
StevieJoe April 25, 2012 at 08:05 AM
I don't believe you can call murderous people like this as "wannabes" these people are not the type of people you would want to live next to. Wannabes are people who act and dress like a gangster but have no criminal record or any intent to commit a crime. Think about that. But the rest of what you said, yes I agree 21 and done with life.
Liz Texera October 04, 2013 at 10:53 AM
All you young Men & Women in Decoto, you guys need to carry on your Heritage proudly, Represent your community in a decent respectable way, these youngsters, want to be like you, so show them the right way to live, not with guns & violence, but with pride, & Be the stronger one by renouncing violence.


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