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Anti-gang actions by law enforcement intensified this week across California, with a roundup of 34 Latino gang members in Los Angeles and a broad new injunction in San Francisco limiting Norteno gang activity. San Francisco’s use of civil anti-gang injunctions to curtail gang members just got significantly larger. An existing four-block injunction limiting the movements of two-dozen predominantly black Oakdale Mob gang members, grew to a 60-block injunction zone against a Latino gang in the predominantly Hispanic part of the city. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Patrick Mahoney issued a preliminary injunction against 30 named Norteno gang members, prohibiting them from associating in public, loitering after 10 p.m., using graffiti, or wearing the group’s trademark red colors. The anti-gang injunctions raised political tension in San Francisco last month when the Public Defender Jeff Adachi criticized City Attorney Dennis Herrera by saying the injunctions fail to address the reasons young people turn to gangs. Herrera said after the court ruling, “The message hopefully is going to go out strongly and clearly that we’re going to do everything we can to keep our streets safe from gang activity.” Herrera also has an injunction request pending against three gangs that operate near subsidized housing apartments in the center of the city. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, federal authorities arrested 34 suspected gang members and associates in the Florencia 13 gang stemming from two federal indictments charging 61 people with racketeering and drug dealing. The indictments charge a series of attacks on African-Americans, both rival gang members and innocent citizens. The indictments alleged six murder conspiracies and charge that the F13 gang leaders directed efforts to “cleanse their neighborhood” of rival gang members. There have been 20 murders allegedly with direct links to the turf war between F13 and rival African-American gangs, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

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