LOS ANGELES – Activists are suing Los Angeles police and prosecutors, arguing that sweeping gang injunctions violate the civil rights of thousands of people.
The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, says the 46 injunctions that bar gang members from such things as meeting in certain areas or wearing certain clothing in public are unconstitutional.
The suit says people covered by 46 injunctions — an estimated 10,000 mainly black and Latino men — face parole-like restrictions without having a previous court hearing or other chance to prove they aren't gang members.
The suit says that violates due process.
In March, LA settled a lawsuit over gang injunction curfew restrictions by agreeing to spend $30 million on job training and other services for gang members.