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Feb 16, 2011 1:53 PM

Judge considers east Oakland gang injunction

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) An Alameda County judge is considering whether to grant a preliminary injunction preventing 40 alleged Nortenos street gang members from an east Oakland neighborhood.

Judge Robert Freedman plans to listen to testimony Wednesday that could temporarily bar them from being on the streets after 10 p.m. They also would be prohibited from hanging out with other alleged gang members in a 450-square-block radius, mostly in Oakland's Fruitvale area.

Oakland City Attorney John Russo says the injunction is comparable to a restraining order and meant to protect residents in an area the gang has terrorized for decades.

Defense attorneys are seeking to delay a ruling to allow them more time to prepare their clients' cases. Critics say the injunction could lead to racial profiling as well as divide poor, working people.

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