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Mar 2, 2011 9:30 PM

No ruling issued on Oakland gang injunction

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) An Alameda County judge still has not decided on whether to grant a preliminary injunction that would prevent 40 suspected gang members from gathering in an east Oakland neighborhood.

After hearing testimony for most of the day on Wednesday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman ordered a fourth hearing for next Wednesday.

If the injunction is approved, it would temporarily prohibit about 40 alleged gang members from associating with other gang members in a 450-square-block radius 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. Critics say it is a civil rights violation and could lead to racial profiling.

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