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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Judge Blocks Los Angeles From Enforcing Majority Of Gang Restrictions
The following article
appeared in the Daily Caller on March 16th
By Christian Datoc
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips
ruled Thursday that Los Angeles can no longer enforce gang restrictions deemed
unconstitutional by the ACLU.
Gang member arrested, out of jail, back on the street
According to the Los Angeles Times, the restrictions helped seriously curb
gang violence in the 1990s, yet were attacked by the ACLU on the grounds that they
target gangs rather than individual gang members and violate due process in
The ACLU’s senior staff attorney,
Peter Bibring, said that Phillips, who was appointed to the California Central
District court by former President Bill Clinton in 1999, “clearly recognizes
the way the city of Los Angeles has been enforcing gang injunctions over
decades violates due process in a way that makes it likely they will place
people on gang injunctions who may not be gang members.”
“This ruling marks the end of gang
injunctions as they worked in the city of Los Angeles.”
I don't suppose ACLU attorneys live in the gang area
Police officers violating the ruling
will reportedly face arrest.
The Los Angeles Police Department
released a statement saying they respect the authority of the courts and will
follow the court’s decision,” but the Los Angeles police officers’ union
heartily criticized the ruling.
“Appropriately applied, gang injunctions
are a valuable law enforcement tool intended to improve the safety of Los
Angeles neighborhoods and stem the tide of drug dealing, assaults, and other
violent crimes associated with gangs,” a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police
Protective League said in a statement to the Times. “It’s unfortunate that a
judge would eliminate this important crime fighting tool instead of working to
resolve any issues with its application. We urge the city to appeal this