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Calif. court bars LA of enforcement gang restrictions that the authorities credited with reducing crime

Los Angeles is excluded from the enforcement of most of the ’90s-era, controversial [edit] external links a federal judge has ruled.

(Reuters)

The city of Los Angeles are excluded from enforcement of the vast majority of the gang’s orders, which applied restrictions on gang associations that the government has long been credited with reducing crime.

The ruling Thursday by U. S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, in consultation with the American Civil Liberties Union that the prohibitions were likely unconstitutionally broad, and affect people who do not have sufficient opportunity to challenge them in court.

The gang prohibited civil court orders that are applied to nearly 9,000 people and 79 gang sets since 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The orders can effectively prevent individuals from legally dealing with people in the gang-ridden neighborhoods or networks.

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The ACLU against the constitutionality of the forbidden, because the city may obtain against the gangs, instead of individuals.

“This ruling marks the end of the corridor is prohibited as they worked in the city of Los Angeles.”

– ACLU lawyer Peter Bibring

That meant that anyone can become the subject of an injunction without ever being mentioned by name in a court document, or sufficient notice to the object.

“The court clearly recognizes the way in which the city of Los Angeles is the enforcement [edit] external links over the last decades in battle fair trial in a way that makes it likely they will be people in motion commands that can not be gang members,” ACLU attorney Peter Bibring said Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. “This ruling marks the end of the corridor is prohibited as they worked in the city of Los Angeles.”

A handful of the gang injunctions that did the name of individuals will reportedly remain in force.

A Los Angeles police union condemned the ruling in a statement.

“Properly applied, gang injunctions are a valuable law enforcement tool intended to improve the safety of Los Angeles neighborhoods and stem the tide of drug trafficking, robberies and other violent crimes related to gangs,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League said.

“It is unfortunate that a judge would eliminate this important crime-fighting tool instead of working to resolve any problems with the application,” the union’s statement added. “We urge the city to appeal against this short-sighted decision.”

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— The Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 16, 2018

The ACLU had won a ruling last year for an Echo Park resident who claimed that he was unconstitutionally swept up in a gang injunction.

Thursday’s ruling broadens the effect of that decision that are subject to [edit] external links prior to this year, when the city amended its gang injunction procedures.

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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