L.A. gang injunctions are back in the news this week. The are more than 40 gang injunctions — some of which cover portions of Atwater Village, Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Highland Park and other Eastside neighborhoods — that restrict the activities of persons named in the court orders in specific areas.
Many law enforcement officials say the injunctions have been an important tool in fighting gang-related crime. However, the L.A. Times reports the city is now proposing to make major changes to the injunctions in response to a lawsuit filed last year by the ACLU, which claimed the constitutional rights of individuals are being violated.
Some of the changes would create a process for individuals to avoid being included in an injunction and make it easier for persons to be removed from the constraints of the court orders.
A City Attorney spokesman said the changes are expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.
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