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.

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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.

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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.

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