Court Action to Stop Gang Activity

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney's office says it is seeking an injunction against a gang that has engaged in murders, robberies and drug trafficking in the San Fernando Valley. The proposed injunction announced Thursday seeks to curb the criminal activities of the Columbus Street gang, which has more than 200 members. The injunction would cover a nearly 3-square-mile area and prevent gang members from associating in public with one another, possessing weapons and selling or carrying drugs.

A violation of the injunction would result in up to six months in custody. A hearing is set for March 15. Gang injunctions are widely recognized as a tool to reduce gang activity in neighborhoods. Los Angeles pioneered gang injunctions in the 1980s and they've since spread across the country and even overseas.

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