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Feb 16, 2011 9:42 PM

Judge continues hearing on Oakland gang injunction

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) An Alameda County judge will continue hearing testimony next week before deciding whether to grant a preliminary injunction that would prevent 40 suspected gang members from gathering in an east Oakland neighborhood.

Judge Robert Freedman did not issue a ruling following a two-hour hearing Wednesday, but continued the hearing until next Wednesday.

The ban, if approved, would temporarily prohibit about 40 alleged Nortenos street gang members from associating with other alleged gang members in a 450-square-block radius, primarily in Oakland's Fruitvale area.

Attorneys representing Oakland say 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 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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