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Monday, September 30, 2013

"Injunction granted against 6 gangs in Echo Park"

From the Los Angeles Times:

A Los Angeles County court last week granted a permanent injunction against six gangs in Echo Park and its surrounding neighborhoods, according to the city attorney's office.

The injunction prohibits known members of the gangs from associating with each other in public, possessing firearms or narcotics, or possessing alcohol in public, officials said. It also prohibits gang members from possessing aerosol paint containers, felt-tip markers and other items that can be used to apply graffiti.

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A listed gang member will be removed automatically from the injunction after five years if the person does not engage in criminal behavior, officials said.

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Critics of the injunction said that it was coming at a time when crime rates were down and that it was too difficult for former gang members to be removed from an injunction list even if they stayed out of trouble.

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This seems like a good notion to try and help gang members, but the fact is that most of them revert back to their old ways, because that's all they know to do. Now grant it some of them may abide and turn themselves around. I agree with the critics that it's too difficult for gang members to be removed from an injunction list.

Posted by: NECOACH | Oct 2, 2013 11:14:09 AM

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