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Injunction Seeks to Curb Activity of 18th Street Gang

March 22, 1997

The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed a complaint Friday identifying a group of 18th Street gang members as a public nuisance and asked a court to grant an injunction that would prohibit them from congregating in their neighborhood east of Culver City.

The complaint names 18 members of an 18th Street gang group, stating that they "terrorize and intimidate" law-abiding residents in their neighborhood "by engaging in murder, attempted murder, drug sales, residential and car burglary, robbery, attempted kidnapping, and assaults with deadly weapons.

"Defendants fire guns at members of rival gangs [and] members of the public at large . . . to show their 'bravado' and mastery over their 'turf,' " the Superior Court complaint states.

In addition to prohibiting gang members from congregating in public, the injunction, if granted, would bar the gang members from using vulgar language in public, harassing or intimidating anyone, acting as lookouts or riding bicycles to facilitate narcotics sales.

The 18th Street gang is the largest in Southern California, with many branches.

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