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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Injunction aims to weaken Addison gang presence

--It would be even nicer if we could the money out of these pieces of trash.--

Story at Chicago Tribune

By Clifford Ward, Special to the Tribune
8:08 PM CDT, October 2, 2013

DuPage County officials said Wednesday they have won a court victory that will make life more difficult for suspected members of an Addison street gang.

After a one-day civil trial, Judge Terence Sheen issued a permanent injunction this week prohibiting members of the Latin Counts gang from consorting with each other, State's Attorney Robert Berlin said.

"Today is a good day for the people of Illinois and the residents of Addison," Berlin said. "This injunction is a powerful tool that will help us put an end to gang activity in the area and make our streets safer for our children."

According to county officials, the injunction bans eight specific suspected gang members and other unidentified members from openly associating. Violators can face contempt citations.

The action also bars the gang members from making gang signs, possessing weapons, participating in any assaults, or possessing or delivering any controlled substances.

The injunction seeks $80,000 from the gang, reimbursement for expenses incurred by Addison to police the gangs.

The injunction marked the fourth successful lawsuit DuPage prosecutors have filed in the past 10 years against a street gang. Kane County prosecutors also have employed the tactic, filing three lawsuits in recent years against gangs in Elgin and Aurora.

Law enforcement officials have called the lawsuits another avenue that police can use to crack down on gang activity, in addition to traditional law enforcement efforts, by impeding the ability of gang members to operate freely.

Kane brought its third gang lawsuit in June, with police serving summonses to 25 members of an Elgin gang. Once served, the suspected gang members can challenge the suit in court.

The suits are filed under a 1993 state law, which says gang members can be held civilly responsible for monetary damages caused by their illegal actions.

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