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Echo Park Gang Injunction

Echo Park Gang Injunction

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A Los Angeles County court has granted a permanent  injunction against six gangs in Echo Park and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The injunction seeks to prohibit known members of the Big Top Locos,  Crazys, Diamond Street Locos, Echo Park Locos, Frogtown and Head Hunters street  gangs from associating with each other in public, possessing firearms or  narcotics, or possessing alcohol in public, officials in the Los Angeles City  Attorney's Office told the Los Angeles Times.

``We've got to be tough on violent gang activity, and gang injunctions  such as this one … are an important step," City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a  statement.

City lawyers filed the Echo Park injunction in June. It creates a 3.8- square-mile ``safety zone" in Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Historic Filipinotown  and portions of Silver Lake, according to court documents. The injunction also  includes Echo Park Lake and Dodger Stadium; it is bound by the Los Angeles  River to the north, the 110 Freeway to the east, First Street to the south and  North Coronado Street to the west.

The gangs named in the injunction have fought for years, according to  the city attorney's office. The feuding has led to graffiti vandalism,  aggravated assaults, shootings, attempted murders and murders, according to  court documents cited by The Times.

The injunction can be enforced only against active gang members after  they are personally served with the signed court order. It was opposed by many  Echo Park residents who said it was coming at a time when crime rates are down  and that it is too difficult for former gang members to be removed from an  injunction list even if they stay out of trouble, The Times reported.

 

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