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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.

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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