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Feb 23, 2011 8:36 PM

No ruling issued on Oakland gang injunction

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) An Alameda County judge has decided to listen to more testimony before deciding whether to grant a preliminary injunction preventing 40 suspected gang members from gathering in an east Oakland neighborhood.

For the second time in two weeks, Judge Robert Freedman did not issue a ruling following a two-hour hearing. Instead, after Wednesday's hearing he scheduled two more hearings for next week.

If the ban is eventually approved, it would temporarily prohibit about 40 alleged gang members from associating with other alleged gang members in a 450-square-block radius, primarily in Oakland's Fruitvale area.

They would also face a 10 p.m. curfew.

Attorneys representing Oakland say the injunction is meant to protect residents in an area terrorized by gangs.

Defense attorneys and critics say the injunction could lead to racial profiling, as well as create division in the lower middle-class neighborhood.

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