An L.A. Superior Court judge this morning allowed the City Attorney to take preliminary steps needed to implement an Echo Park area gang injunction that would impose restrictions on more than 300 rival gang members. A group of young protestors opposed to the gang injunction demonstrated in the court hallways and outside the court building, according to a KPCC reporter.
If the court grants approval, the injunction would prohibit gang members from associating with each other in public, possessing firearms and narcotics as well as intimidating or harassing residents within a nearly four-square-mile “safety zone.” The gangs targeted in the injunction include Big Top Locos, Crazys, Diamond Street Locos, Echo Park Locos, Frogtown and Headhunters.
* Update: Reporter Tony Cella provided more details from today’s hearing:
Deputy City Attorney Jim McDougal served the six named gangs, but none of their members, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles this morning. Superior Court Judge Abraham Khan will review the city attorney’s complaint and, if he deems the complaints legitimate, will allow the municipal prosecutor to serve the complaint to the individual alleged gang members.
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