ACLU seeks to intervene in gang injunction

ACLU seeks to intervene in gang injunction

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah has filed a motion seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Weber County prosecutors seeking to declare one of Ogden's largest street gangs a public nuisance.

The injunction bans the 485-plus members of Ogden Trece from associating with each other, possessing guns and being in the vicinity of illegal drugs. It also sets an 11 p.m. curfew.

Weber County Attorney Dee Smith says the injunction would give law enforcement the ability to keep the gang members from congregating and intimidating residents.

Among other things, the ACLU of Utah objects to the injunction because no guidance is given as to how gang members will be identified by law enforcement.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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