Calif. Judge Bars LA From Enforcing Gang Restrictions

The city of Los Angeles will no longer be allowed to enforce the majority of gang injunctions.

Gang injunctions are police practices that that have been in place for years and applied restrictions on gang associations, particularly in gang ridden neighborhoods.

The injunctions were found to be unconstitutionally broad by U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips. 

Judge Phillips ruled that aside from being unconstitutionally broad, the injunctions targeted men of color and violated their right to due process.

"This ruling sends the city a clear message: it cannot take away the basic liberties of Angelenos on a whim," said Melanie Ochoa, ACLU SoCal staff attorney. 

"The city's use of gang injunctions has violated due process for nearly two decades, with no record of making communities safer. That ends today."

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