OAKLAND (KCBS) – Officials at Oakland’s City Attorney’s office claim lawyers for alleged gang members are purposely dragging out court hearings on a proposed gang injunction, to make it more expensive.
Last October Oakland City Attorney John Russo filed a proposed injunction against members of the Norteno gang in the Fruitvale area.READ MORE: Fawn Fire Update: 'I See My Life Gone'; Thousands Forced To Evacuate; Arson Suspected As Blaze Burns Homes
As the hearings have dragged on through several days, both sides are bickering about how long the process is taking.
KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:
The injunction would prevent 40 suspected gang members from associating with one another in a 450 square-block radius and would also place a 10 p.m. curfew on them.
Critics and opponents of the injunction have said the language is overly broad and would lead to racial profiling.READ MORE: Early Morning Crash Shuts Down Lanes On San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
Defense attorney Dennis Cunningham said the spending of “scarce funds” amounts to political grandstanding.
“The whole thing is extremely expensive. I can’t imagine why the city thinks it’s a good idea,” he said.
Cunningham added the city is trying to make it look like they’re doing something about the gangs when they really don’t have a clue what to do about it.
Alameda Superior Court Judge Robert Freeman has more hearings scheduled for later this week.MORE NEWS: 'Highway Slingshot Shooter' Fires Ball Bearings at Windows Along San Jose's Guadalupe Freeway
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