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Echo Park Gang Crackdown

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There's usually little debate over making communities safer, but when it comes to a gang injunction for the Glendale Corridor there's been staunch opposition from several community groups. 

The injunction would apply to 300 known gang members in six rival gangs, spanning a four square mile radius.  It would include echo park, Elysian valley and parts of silver lake.  

Under the injunction, two gang members cannot associate in public in these areas, cannot wear gang colors, and cannot use gang signs.  If caught, they face a thousand dollar fine and up to six months in jail.  

Echo park council member Mitch O'Farrell says there's still gang activity in the area and the injunction is necessary, "as another tool for police to make communities safer."  

Opponents say the measure goes too far and infringes on civil rights.  In Echo Park, Tuesday night, representatives from the city attorney's office heard from community members who oppose the injunction.  

Advocates from Youth justice coalition spoke out saying it would target people of color. Luz Flores is part of the group and says, "it would target, racially profile young people who are just hanging out and not doing anything wrong."

LAPD Captain Gary Walters was at the meeting and says a gang injunction helps reduce crime in communities and assures people "it's not a stop and frisk." 

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